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Sed bactenus hæc, Some smaller pieces upon less important subjects close the volume. Not one of them I believe was written with a view to publication, but I was unwilling they should be omitted.

JOHN NEWTON.

CHARLES SQUARE, HOXTON,

FEBRUARY 18, 1782.

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. . 225 A Tale - - - - - - - - - - - - 924 The Four Ages - .. To the Nightingale - .. To a young Friend - - ... To William Hayley, Esq. - .. To my Cousin Ann Bodham - - ... - 231 To Mrs. King - • - • • • Gratitude. To Lady Hesketh. .. Linčs on the Authors becoming acquainted with William Hayley, Esq. aa

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237 To George Romney, Esq. ....- 237 To Dr. Austin - ... ... . .. - - - 238 Catharina. The second part To Mary - • - • • • • • The Castaway ......... - 242 Lines in Memory of Ashley Cowper, Esq. • - 244 Versification of a Thought . . . . . . - 245 On the shortness of human life . . .. Epitaph.op Dr. Johnson ::.:.. To a Young Lady on her Birth Day: •. - 246 Epitaph on Samuel Rose, Esq. ... The Colubriad - - - • • • • • Two Inscriptions - - - - -

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BRIEF ACCOUNT

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WILLIAM COWPER, ESQ.

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MR. COWPER was the son of John Cowper, D. D. Rector of Great Berkhamstead, Herts. He was born on the 15th of November, 1731. Descended of amiable and respectable parents, of noble affinity, and connected with persons of great worldly influence, his advancement in temporal affluence and honour seemed to demand no extraordinary mental endow

His opening genius discovered, however, a capacity for elegant literature, and he enjoyed the best advantages for improvement in so pleasing a pursuit. With uncommon abilities, he possessed a most amiable temper ; and he became not only the darling of his relations, but beloved and admired by his associates in education ; some of whom, with inferior prospects, have sincerisen to distinguished reputation, and even to the highest professional rank. But the towering hopes that were naturally built on so flattering a ground, were undermined at an early period. From childhood, during which he

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