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at once to Olney. He complied. They induced the celebrated Dr. Willis to see Cowper, but he could do nothing for the now restless madman.

A pension of 3001. a year was granted to the poet by the king, but he was incapable of understanding his good fortune. Dr. Willis had suggested change of air and scene, and clinging to this last hope, Mr. Johnson succeeded in persuading him to go (with Mrs. Unwin) to North Tuddenham, then to Mundesley, on the coast, and finally to Dunham Lodge, near Swaffham. Here Mrs. Unwin died. Cowper was taken to see her. He uttered an exclamation of sorrow and left the room, but became quite calm directly afterwards, and suffered Johnson to resume the reading which had lately been their only means of pleasing him—that of Miss Burney's novels.

After the death of Mrs. Unwin, Cowper had glimpses of reason. In March, 1799, he continued his revision of his Homer, wrote the Latin poem, "Montes Glaciales," and a few days afterwards "The Castaway. He liked being read to, and would listen to his own poems, except to "John Gilpin," which he disliked.

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An excellent woman, Miss Perowne, had in a degree taken Mrs. Unwin's former place beside him, and assisted the loving efforts of his kinsman to cheer and help him. But care and love were alike in vain.

In the helpless gloom of melancholy madness his life closed. He died April 25, 1800.

"From that moment" (of his death), says his kinsman, “until the coffin was closed, the expression into which his countenance had settled was that of calmness and composure, mingled, as it were, with a holy surprise."

He had emphatically "entered into his rest," and was at He was buried in Dereham Church, in St. Edmund's chapel. Mrs. Unwin lies in the south aisle.


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