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BY

WILLIAM COWPER,

Of the Inner Temple, Esq.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

Sicut aquæ tremulum labris ubi lumen ahenis
Sole repercussum, aut radiantis imagine lunæ,
Omnia pervolítat late loca, jamque sub auras
Erigitur, summique ferit laquearia tecti.

Virg. Æn, viii.
So water, trembling in a polished vase,
Reflects the beam that plays upon its face;
The sportive light, uncertain where it falls,
Now strikes the roof, now flashes on the walls.

A NEW EDITION.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR J. JOHNSON AND CO. ST. PAUL'S

CHURCH-YARD,

1810.

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Page TABLE TALK

1 Progress of Errour

35 Truth

63 Expostulation

89 Hope

121 Charity

155 Conversalion.

183 Retirement

222 The Yearly Distress, or Tithing time at Stock in Essex

257 Sonnet to Henry Couper, Esq.

. 261 Lines addressed to Dr. Darwin

• 262 On Mrs. Montagu's Feather Hangings . . 263 Verses supposed to be written by Alexander

Selkirk, during his Abode in the Island of
Juan Fernandez .

266 On the Promotion of Edward Thurlow Esq.,

to the Chancellorship of England 269 Ode to Peace

270 Human Frailty

272 The modern Patriot

273 On observing some Names of little Note recorded in the Biographia Britannica

275 Report of an adjudged Case, not to be found in any of the Books

276 On the Burning of Lord Mansfield's Library 278

279 The Love of the World reproved

· 280 On the Death of Lady Throckmorton's Bulfinch 282

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On the same

PRE FACE

TO THE

FIRST VOLUME.

When an Author, by appearing in print, requests an audience of the Public, and is upon the point of speaking for himself, whoever presumes to step before him with a preface, and

Nay, but hear me first,” should have something worthy of attention to offer, or he will be justly deemed officious and impertinent. The judicious reader has probably, upon other occasions, been beforehand with me in this reflection: and I am not very willing it should now be applied to me, however I may seem to expose myself to the danger of it. But the thought of having my own name perpetuated in connexion with the name in the title

to say,

page

is so

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