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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.
Verses supposed to be written by Alexander Selkirk,
during his solitary abode in the Island of Juan Fer-
On observing some Names of little note recorded in the
On the Promotion of Edward Thurlow, Esq., to the Lord
High Chancellorship of England
The Love of the World Reproved
On a Goldfinch, Starved to Death in his Cage
The Poet, the Oyster, and Sensitive Plant
The Yearly Distress, or Tithing Time at Stock in Essex
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,