The Life, and Posthumous Writings, of William Cowper, Esqr

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012 - 268
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: pended on it. March, April, and May, said Johnson to me in a Letter that I received from him in February, are the best months for publication. Therefore now it is determined that Homer shall come out on the first of July; that is to say, exactly at the moment when, except a few Lawyers, not a creature will be left in Town who will ever care one farthing about him. To which of these two friends of mine I am indebted for this management, I know not. It does not please, but I would be a Philosopher as well as a Poet, and therefore make no complaint or grumble at all about it. You, I presume, have had dealings with them both?how did they manage for you ? And if as they have for me, how did you behave under it ? Some who love me, complain that I am too passive; and I should be glad of an opportunity to justify myself by your example. The fad is, should I thunder ever so loud, no efforts of. that sort will avail me now; therefore like a good economist of my bolts, I choose to reserve them for more profitable occasions. I am glad to find that your amusements have been so similar to.minejjfojr in this instance too I seemed to have need of somebody to keep me in countenance, especially in my attention and attachment to animals. All the notice that we lords of the creation vouchsafe to bestow on the creatures, is generally to abuse them; it is well, therefore, that here and there a man should be found a little womanish, or perhaps a little childish in this matter, who will make some amends, by kissing and coaxing, and laying them in one's bosom. You remember the little ewe lamb, mentioned by: !vot.'ii, C thethe Prophet Nathan: the Prophet perhaps invented the tale for the sake of its application to David's conscience; but it is more probable, that God inspired him with it for that pu...

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