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the long separated and most seasonably re-united friends here enjoyed all the easy intercourse of a domestic union.
Cowper derived from this fortunate event not only the advantage of daily conversation with another cultivated mind, in affectionate unison with his own, but, as his new neighbour had brought her carriage and horses to Olney, he was gradually tempted to survey, in a wider range, the face of a country that he loved, and to mix a little more with its most worthy inhabita ants. His life had been so retired at Olney that he had not even extended his excursions to the neighbouring town of Newport-Pagnell, in the course of many years; but the convenience of a carriage induced him, in August, to visit Mr. Bull, who resided there ; the friend to whose assiduous attention he had felt himself much obliged in a season of mental depression. A few letters of Cowper to this gentleman are so expressive of cordial esteem, and so agreeably illustrate the character of each, that I shall take this opportunity of making a short selection from the private papers, of which the kindness of the person to whom they are addressed has enabled me to avail myself. When Cowper published the first volume of his poems, Mr. Bull wrote to him on the occasion. The answer of the poet, March 24, 1782, I reserve for a future part of my work. A subsequent letter, dated October 27th, in the same year, opens with this lively paragraph:
« Mon amiable and très cher Ami,
" It is not in the power of chaises, or chariots, to carry you where my affections will not follow you: if I heard that you were gone to finish your days in the moon, I should not love you the ON FRIENDSHIP.
, Amicitia nisi inter bonos esse non potest. CICERO.
What virtue can we name, or grace,
Will boast it their possession ?
So always imitation
The friend of long duration.
Provoke to imitation,
Or rather constellation.
Sone will pronounce me too severe,
Therefore, that censure scorning,
And give the simple warning:
Youth, unadmonish'd by a guide,
An error soon corrected!
And taking trash for treasure,
A real and a sound one;
And dream that he has found one. IV.-1. Candid, and generous, and just,
2. Boys care but little whom they trust. V.–2. Lest, having misemploy'd our eyes,
We should, when undeceiv'd, conclude
A mere Utopian pleasure.
An acquisition rather rare
Nor should it seem distressful,
And mean self-love erected ;
And ready, on occasion,
5. Friendship a false ideal good. VI.-3. Nor is it wise complaining,
6. We spught without attaining. VII.-5. Between the sot and sensualist, VIII.-Who seeks a friend, should come dispos'd
T'exhibit, in full bloom disclos'd,
The graces and the beauties
And constantly supported :
Our own as much distorted.
And must be made the basis;
All shining in their places.