The Life and Posthumous Writings of William Cowper; With an Introductory Letter to the Right Honourable Earl Cowper Volume 2

The Life and Posthumous Writings of William Cowper; With an Introductory Letter to the Right Honourable Earl Cowper Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1803 edition. Excerpt: ... thefe definable fmiles of good fortune could not impart.eren a faint glimmering of joy to the d-jcfld invalid. '-' His friends however had the animating hope, that a: day would arrive, when they might fee him receive, with a cheerful and joyous gratitude, this royal recompenfe 'for merit univerfally acknowledged. They knew, that 'when he recovered his fufpended faculties, he muft be particularly pleafed to 'find himfelf chiefly indebted for his good fortune, to the active benevolence of that nobleman, who, though not perfonally acquainted with Cow.per, flood, of all his noble friends, the higheft in his cfteem. Indeed it is a juftice due to the great to declare, that many of them concurred in promoting, on this occafion, the intereft of the Poet l and they fpoke of him with a truth, and liberality of praife, that did honour both to iim, and to themfelves. It is not often that Majsfty has opportunities of granting a reward for literary merit, where the individual, who receives it, has fo clear and.unqueftionable a title both to royal munificence, and to popular affection. But the heart and fpirit of Cowper were eminently loyal, and patriotic. He has fpoken occafionally of his fovereign in verfe, with perfonal regard, but without a fhadow of fervility l and his poetry abounds rwith eloquent and juft defcriptkms of that double duty which an Englifhman.owes to the crown, and to the people. Perhaps.no poet has more clearly and forcibly delineated the reipe5Hve duties, that belong both to fubje&s and to fovereigns: I allude to an admirable pafuge on this topic in the fifth book of the Talk It.is rirne to return to the fufferer at Wefton. He was unhappily difabled.fiom feeling the favour he received, but an annuity of three hundred a year was...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236539346
  • 9781236539342