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tem, much tried by circumstances, often ill-managed by his friends, and by himself, and sustained so long in existence, chiefly by his profound sense of religion, by the force of a most masculine understanding, and by one of the best bodily constitutions that poet ever possessed. At this last, we especially wonder. He lived seventy years in that atmosphere of misery; and not only lived, but wrote thousands of the most humorous, refined, and beautiful letters; translated into stern, clear verse, the two masterpieces of Grecian poetry; and created a mass of original song, as remarkable for its healthy tone, as for its richness, vigour, simplicity, and freedom! Truly William Cowper was still more a marvellous, than he was a mild and gentle spirit,-stronger, even, than he was amiable -a very Prometheus chained to his rock, let us call him,-the rock being his rugged, deep-rooted woe; the chain his lengthened life; and himself the Titan, in his earnestness, lofty purpose, and poetic power.
Si te fortè meæ gravis uret sarcina chartæ
HOR. Lib. i. Epist. 13.
True glory and false, 1-Man not made for kings, but kings for man, 47— Kingly glories of England, 63-Quevedo's sarcasm on royalty, 94-Kings not to be envied, but pitied, 108-The objects of vulgar animadversion, 152-Britons' scorn of arbitrary power, 205-French character, as contrasted with English, 235-Blessings of freedom, 261-Restraint of just laws necessary to true liberty, 311-Riot the result of unrestrained freedom, 319-Patriots; tribute to Chatham, 337-Political dangers of England, 363-To be averted only by penitence and prayer, 391-National corruption portends national destruction, 415-Public events instruments of judgment in the hand of Providence, 439-The true poet gifted in part with the prophetic office, 481-Lofty subjects necessary to poetic excellence, 507-Homer, Virgil, Milton, 557-Progress of poetic genius, 569— Religion the highest theme of poetry, 718.
A. You told me, I remember, glory, built
B. I grant that, men continuing what they are,