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Some fretful tempers wince at every touch ;
You always do too little, or too much :
You speak with life, in hopes to entertain ;
Your elevated voice goes through the brain :
You fall at once into a lower key;
That's worse :---the drone-pipe of an humble bee !.
The southern sash admits too strong a light;
You rise and drop the curtain :----now it's night.
He shakes with cold ; you stir the fire and strive
To make a blaze :- that's roasting him alive.
Serve him with ven’son, and he chuses fish ;
With soal, that's just the sort he would not wish.
He takes what he at first profess’d to loath ;
And in due time feeds heartily on both ;
Yet, still o'erclouded with a constant frown ;
He does not swallow, but he gulps it down.
Your hope to please him vain on every pları,
Himself should work that wonder, if he can.
Alas ! his efforts double his distress ;
He likes your's little, and his own still less.
Thus always teazing others, always teaz’d,
His only pleasure is to be displeas’d.

END OF THE FIRST PART,

AND OF THE FIRST VOLUME.

Vol. I.

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An introductory Letter to the Right Honourable Earl Cowper.

DESULTORY REMARKS
On the Letters of eminent persons, particularly those of Pope

and Cowper.
.. LIFE OF COWPER, PART THE FIRST.

The Family, birth, and first residence of Cowper ........1

His verses on the portrait of his mother...
Her epitaph by her Niece .........
The schools, that Cowper attended ..................
His sufferings during childhood........

....10

His removal from Westminster to an attorney's office.....

Verses on his early afflictions . .

His settlement in the Inner-temple....................

His acquaintance with eminent authors......

His epistle to Robert Lloyd, Esquire.....

His translations in Duncombe's Horace......

His own account of his early life ........ ......24

Stanzas on reading Sir Charles Grandison.............. 25

His verses on finding the heel of a shoe................27

His nomination to the office of Reading Clerk in the House of
Commons .......

........ 29
His nomination to be Clerk of the Journals in the House of
Lords. ......

.......30
Letter.
1 To Lady Hesketh. Journals of the house of Commons; re-

flection on the singular temper of his mind. Aug. 9, 1763..30.
His extreme dread of appearing in public........

........33

His illness, and removal to St. Alban's ............... 34

His recovery...

His settlement at Huntingdon to be near his Brother........37

The translation of Voltaire's Henriade by the two Brothers« •38

The origin of Cowper’s acquaintance with the Unwins......38

Letter.

! Page.
His adoption into the family ......

..42
His early friendship with Lord Thurlow, and J. Hill, Esqr.:43

1765.

2 To Joseph Hill, Esq. Account of his situation at Huntingdon.

June 24..44

3 To Lady Hesketh. On his illness and subsequent recovery

July 1..46

X4 To the same. Salutary effects of affliction on the human mind.

July 4..48

5 To the same. Account of Huntingdon ; distance from his

Brother, &c............. ............ July 5..52

6. To the same. Newton's treatise on prophecy; reflections

of Dr. Young, on the truth of Christianity..... July12..55

7 To the same. On the beauty and sublimity of scriptural

language. ............................. Aug. 1..58

8 To the same. Pearsall's meditations ; definition of faith.

Aug. 17..62

* 9. To the same. On a particular providence; experience

of mercy, &c. .....

....... Sept. 4..64

710 To the same. First introduction to the Unwin family; their

characters. ............................Sept. 14..69

11 To the same. On the thankfulness of the heart, its inequa-

lities, &c. .............................. Oct. 10..72

12 To the same. Miss Unwin, her character and piety.Oct, 18.73

13 To Major Cowper. Situation at Huntingdon; his perfect

satisfaction, &c. ....... ............... Oct. 18.77

14 To Joseph Hill, Esq. On those, who confine all merits to

their own acquaintance. .................. Oct. 25..30

1766.

X 15 To Lady Hesketh. On solitude ; on the desertion of his

friends. ............................. March 6..82

16 To Mrs. Cowper. Mrs. Unwin, and her son; his cousin

Martin. ......

17 To the same. Letters the fruit of friendship; his conversion.

April 46.87

X'18 To the same. The probability of knowing each other in

Heaven .......................... April 17.89

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* 19 To the same. On the recollection of earthly affairs by de- ;

parted spirits. ........... .......... April 18.94

20 To the same. On the same subject ; on his own state of

body and mind............ ........... Sept. 3..98

21 To the same. His manner of living; reasons for his not

taking orders. .......................... Oct. 20. • 102

1767.

22 To the same. Reflections on reading Marshal. March 11..105

23 To the same. Introduction of Mr. Unwin's son; his garden-

. ing ; on Marshall • .................. March 14..108

24 To the same. On the motive of his introducing Mr. Un-

win's son to her, ....

........ April 3..110

25 To the same. Mr. Unwin's death; doubts concerning his

future abode. .......................... July 13..112

26 To Joseph Hill, Esqr. Reflections arising from Mr. Un-

win's death. .......................... July 16..114

The origin of Cowper's acquaintance with Mr. Newton....115

The death of Mr. Unwin, and Cowper's removal with Mrs.

Unwin to Olney............................ 116

His devotion and charity in his new residence............116

27 To Joseph Hill, Esq. On the occurrences during bis visit

Alban's.........................June 16, 1768.•117

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1769.
28 To the same. On the difference of dispositions; his love of
retirement, ............. ...

... 118

X His poem in memory of John Thornton, Esqr...........120

Ilis beneficence to a necessitous child..................122

The composition of his hymos........................ 123

29 To Mrs. Cowper. His new situation; reasons for mixture
of evil in the world. ....

...

124

30 To the same. The consolations of religion on the death of

her husband.......................... Aug. 31••127

Cowper's journey to Cambridge on his Brother's ....illness 129

. 1770.

31 To the same, Dangerous illness of his brother. March 5..130

The death and character of Cowper's Brother cro... ..131

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32 To Joseph Hill, Esq. Religious sentiments of his brother,

May 8..134

32 To Mrs, Cowper. The same subject. ....... June 7..136

33 To Joseph Hill, Esq. Expression of his gratitude for instan-

ces of friendship. ...................... Sept. 25. • 140

The composition of the Olney hymns by Mr. Newton, and
Cowper.....

....... ....141

The interruption of the Olney hymns by the illness of Cowper 142

His long and severe depression................. ...... 145

His tame hares, one of his first amusements on his recovery..146

The origin of his friendship with Mr. Bull. .............147

His translations from Madam de la Mothe Guion.......: 147

35 To the Revd. Wm. Unwin. The same subject; of suppli-

catory Letters, &c................. June 18, 1778..149

1779.

36 To the same. Johnson's Lives of the Poets..... May, 26..151

37 To the same. His hot house; tame pigeons ; visit to Gay-

hurst.....

..........Sept. 21..152

38 To the same. Johnson's Biography; his treatment of Milton

Oct 31..154

X39 To the same. Quick succession of human events; modern.

patriotism. ............................... Dec, 2..157

- 1780.

* 40 To the same. Burke's speech on the reformation ; Nightin-

gale and Glow-worm......

...... Feb. 27. 159

> 41 To the Revd. J. Newton: On the danger of innovation

March 18..162

Y 42 To the Reyd. W. Unwin. On keeping the sabbath. Mar 28: . 163

43 To the same. Pluralities in the church. ..... April 6..166

44 To the Reyd. J. Newton. Distinction between a travelled

man, and a travelled-gentleman, .......... April 16..169.

45 To the same. Serious reflections on rural scenery, May 3..170

46 To J. Hill, Esq. The Chancellor's illness.ro.... May 6.173

47 To the Revd. W. Uuwin. His passion for landscape draw-

ing; modern politics, .............••••••May 8:.174

48 To Mrs. Cowper. On her brother's death. ....May 10..179

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