The Life and Letters of William Cowper

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Longman, Rees, and Company ; T. Cadell ; Baldwin and Cradock ; J. Booker ; Baynes and Son ; Hamilton, Adams and Company ; Whittaker and Company ; E. Hodgson ; Simpkin, Marshall and Company ; R. Mackie ; and W. Mason, 1835 - Authors, English - 664 pages

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Contents

To the sanie Johnsons Lives of the Poets
63
Dec 2
65
To J Hill Esq The Chancellors Thurlow illness May 6
71
To the Rev J Newton On the riots in 1780 danger of associa
77
To Mrs Cowper On the insensible progress of age July 20
84
To Mrs Cowper Lady Cowpers death age a friend to the mind Aug 31
91
To the Rev W Unwin With the same
97
To the same Mrs Unwins criticisms a distinguishing provi
106
To the Rev J Newton Nations act under the direction of Pro
113
To the same Origin and causes of social feeling Nov 26
114
The connoisseur No
119
To the same Pleasures of Authorship Feb 16
121
7
127
To W Cowper Esq from Lord Thurlow Blank verse fittest for
132
To the Rev W Unwin Duty of submitting to injury the story
136
To the same On his own volume of poems ou his letter to
142
To the same His bothouse tame pigeons visit to Gay hurst Sepi 21
144
To the same Dispensations of Providence July 16
148
To the Rev J Newton Dr Johnsons favourable opinion of
156
To the Rev W Unwin John Gilpins feats Nov 4
157
To J Hill Esq Favourable reception given to his Poems Feb 13
162
To the Rev J Newton On his Ecclesiastical History
168
To the same Madame Guions Poems
174
To the same On the American Loyalists
180
To the Rev W Unwin Reflections on the unkind behaviour
187
1784
193
To the Rev J Newton Title and Motto for a work of
199
To the same Works of Carraccioli
205
To the Rev W Unwin On Facepainting May 3
213
To the Rev J Newton Mythology of the ancients the new taxes July 5
219
To the Rev J Newton Captain Cooks last voyage
225
To the Rev W Unwin The tendency of the Task and of
232
To the Rev W Unwin Same subject
240
To the same On two small poems the Poplar Field and
247
To the Rev W Unwin Account of a violent thunder storm July 27
254
To the same Disinterestedness of his affection
262
To the Rev W Unwin On his visiting Lady Hesketh on Page
266
To the Rev W Unwin Same subject anecdotes of the poor
272
April 5
278
To the same On the Lime Walk at Weston account of living
280
To the same Pain and pleasure on the sight of a longabsent
284
To the same Beauties of the Spring his spirits less depressed May 29
290
To the Rev Walter Bagot Revisal of his Homer July 4
306
To the same The Poet Churchill
312
To S Rose Esq Solicitude for a friend
366
To the same On accidents
372
To S Rose Esq Improvement of time in early life July 23
378
To S Rose Esq Bentleys remarks on Homer Feb 2
384
To Lady Hesketh On the Test
390
To Mrs Throckmorton Village incidents
396
To Lady Hesketh Mrs Unwins illness on the French Revolu
402
To Mrs Bodham Mr Johnsons carrying his Homer to London Sept 9
404
To J Johnson Esq Amiable singularities of his character Jan 21
410
To the same Full of affectionate regard on Hayleys verses
413
To S Rose Esq His Homer calculated at less than the seventh
416
To Lady Hesketh Delays of printers confidence in Government May 27
422
The origin of his translations from Milton
429
To J Johnson Esq On the subject of a new work
435
To the Rev W Bagot Translation of Homer and Milton Dec 5
441
To the Rev Mr Hurdis Acknowledgment of his friendly remarks
448
To the Rev Mr Hurdis Comparison of his unanswered letters
454
To Mrs Courtenay Mr Hayleys visit
458
To Lady Hesketh Mrs Unwins second attack May 24
461
To W Hayley Esq Uneasy at not hearing from him Plan
464
To W Hayley Esg On the projected visit to Eartham
467
To the Rev Mr Greatheed Description of Eartham the journey
475
To the Rev Mr Hurdis On the death of his sister invitation
485
To the same Moral reflection on sitting for a picture
493
To S Rose Esq His translation of Homer
499
To the same Same subject visit to General Cowper to
500
To W Hayley Esq Revisal of his Homer
505
To W Hayley Esq On the proposal of a joint composition June 29
511
To Mrs Courtenay The treatment of Bob Archer by a roguish
517
To the Rev Mr Johnson On Mr Johnsons visit to Weston Sept 29ib
523
To W Hayley Esq Criticism on the address of Hector to
533
517
544
Mr Johnson reads to Cowper his printed and manuscript poems
549
Gratitude addressed to Lady Hesketh
579
APPENDIX
593
Translations of Greek verses
602
On invalids
605
By Moschus
609
found in any catalogue
623
The innocent thief
633
On one ignorant and arrogant
641
Milton and Cowper
658
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Page 543 - Thy spirits have a fainter flow, I see thee daily weaker grow ; 'Twas my distress that brought thee low, My Mary ! Thy needles, once a shining store, For my sake restless heretofore, Now rust disused, and shine no more ; My Mary...
Page 576 - He looks abroad into the varied field Of nature, and though poor perhaps, compared With those whose mansions glitter in his sight, Calls the delightful scenery all his own. His are the mountains, and the valleys his, And the resplendent rivers. His to enjoy With a propriety that none can feel, But who, with filial confidence inspired, Can lift to heaven an unpresumptuous eye, And smiling say —
Page 553 - Nor, cruel as it seemed, could he Their haste himself condemn, Aware that flight, in such a sea, Alone could rescue them ; Yet bitter felt it still to die Deserted, and his friends so nigh. He long survives, who lives an hour In ocean, self-upheld ; And so long he, with unspent power, His destiny repelled ; And ever, as the minutes flew, Entreated help, or cried "Adieu...
Page 481 - Implored your highness' pardon and set forth A deep repentance: nothing in his life Became him like the leaving it; he died As one that had been studied in his death, To throw away the dearest thing he owed As 'twere a careless trifle.
Page 155 - With all her crew complete. Toll for the brave ! Brave Kempenfelt is gone ; His last sea-fight is fought ; His work of glory done. It was not in the battle ; No tempest gave the shock ; She sprang no fatal leak ; She ran upon no rock. His sword was in its sheath ; His fingers held the pen, When Kempenfelt went clown With twice four hundred men.
Page 362 - How many are the days of the years of thy life? And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years : few and evil have been the days of the years of my life...
Page 553 - Atlantic billows roared, When such a destined wretch as I, Wash'd headlong from on board, Of friends, of hope, of all bereft, His floating home for ever left. No braver chief could Albion boast Than he with whom he went, Nor ever ship left Albion's coast With warmer wishes sent.
Page 544 - Thy indistinct expressions seem Like language utter'd in a dream ; Yet me they charm, whate'er the theme, My Mary ! Thy silver locks, once auburn bright, Are still more lovely in my sight Than golden beams of orient light, My Mary ! For could I view nor them nor thee, What sight worth seeing could I see? The sun would rise in vain for me, My Mary! Partakers of thy sad decline Thy hands their little force resign ; Yet, gently prest, press gently mine, My Mary...
Page 97 - On the whole it appears, and my argument shows With a reasoning the court will never condemn, That the spectacles plainly were made for the Nose, And the Nose was as plainly intended for them.
Page 3 - Tis now become a history little known That once we called the pastoral house our own Short-lived possession ! but the record fair That memory keeps, of all thy kindness there, Still outlives many a storm that has effaced A thousand other themes less deeply traced. Thy nightly visits to my chamber made, That thou mightst know me safe and warmly laid...

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