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BY

WILLIAM COWPER, ESQ.

TOGETHER WITH HIS

POSTHUMOUS POETRY,

AND

A SKETCH OF HIS LIFE

BY JOHN JOHNSON, LL. D.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

NEW EDITION. - VOL. II.

BOSTON:
PUBLISHED BY E. LITTLEFIELD,

122 WASHINGTON STREET.

1841.

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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, baving 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

In the poem on the subject of Education, he would be very sorry to stand suspected of having aimed his censure at any particular school. His objections are such as naturally apply themselves to schools in ge. neral. If there were not, as for the most part there is, wilful neglect in those who manage them, and an. omission even of such discipline as they are suscepti.

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