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o that those lips had language! Life has pass'd
BY HIS KINSMAN,
JOHN JOHNSON, LL. D.
His virtues form’d the magick of his song.
STEREOTYPED BY T. H. CARTER & CO. BOSTON.
Toppen Prarb. es.
A GENERAL request having encouraged me to becomo the Editor of a more complete collection of the posthumous compositions of my revered relation, the poet CowPER, than has hitherto appeared, I consider it as my duty to the deceased, to inscribe the volume that contains them to his exalted friend, by whom the genius of the poet was as justly appreciated, as the virtues of the moralist were effectually patronized. It would be impertinent in me to attempt any new encomium on a writer so highly endeared to every cultivated mind in that country which it was the favourite exercise of his patriotick spirit to describe and to celebrate : but I may be allowed to observe, that one of the few additions inserted in this collection will be particularly welcome to every reader of sensibility, as an eulogy on that attractive quality so gracefully visible in all the writings of Cowper.
Permit me to close this imperfect tribute of my re spect, by saying, it is my deep sense of those important services, for which the afflicted poet was indebted to the kindness of LORD SPENCER, that impels me to the liberty I am now taking, of thus pubiickly declar. ing myself