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Master F.S. Davenport, with the best wishes for his heffiness and success from his

friend. Ion Feb. 11.1852. Boston,

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Boston School Edition.

THE TASK,

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POEM

BY

WILLIAM COWPER, ESQ.

FOR THE USE OF

SCHOOLS AND ACADEMIES.

BOSTON:
PUBLISHED BY LEWIS AND SAMPSON,
122 Washington Street.

1842.

KC:10573

HARVARD UNIVERSITY

LIBRARY 1047*172

ADVERTISEMENT.

THE history of the following production, is briefly this: A lady, fond of blank verse, demanded a poem of that kind from the author, and gave him the Sofa for a subject. He obeyed; and, having much leisure, connected another subject with it; and pursuing the train of thought to which his situation and turn of mind led him, brought forth, at length, instead of the trifle which he at first intended, a serious affair—a Volume.

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