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The Complete Poetical Works

By Cowper, William

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Title: The Complete Poetical Works  
Author: Cowper, William
Language: English
Subject: Religion, Christian literature, Christian theology
Collections: Christian Classics Ethereal Library
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Excerpt: William Cowper was born on the 26th of November 1731, at Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire, of which village his father, the Rev. John Cowper, was rector. He was of noble ancestry, and many of his immediate relatives moved in the upper ranks of life. His mother, Ann Donne, a daughter of Roger Donne, Esq., of Ludham Hall in Norfolk, died when he was only six years of age, leaving two children, -- William, the subject of this memoir, and a younger brother, John. Her affection and tenderness made a deep impression on his young mind. Fifty years afterwards, on receiving her picture, he dwells as fondly on the cherished features as if he had just mourned her death. He writes to his cousin, Mrs. Bodham, who had sent him the portrait -- ?I received it the night before last, and viewed it with a trepidation of nerves and spirits somewhat akin to what I should have felt had the dear original presented herself to my embraces. I kissed it, and hung it where it is the last object that I see at night, and, of course, the first on which I open my eyes in the morning.?

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Table of Contents: The Life of William Cowper -- Table Talk -- The Progress of Error Truth -- Expostulation -- Hope -- Charity -- Conversation -- Retirement -- The Task -- Tirocinium; or, a Review of Schools -- The Olney Hymns -- Miscellaneous Poems -- Latin Poems -- Latin Translations -- Translations from the French of Madame de la Mothe Guion -- Translations from Vincent Bourne -- Translations of the Latin and Italian Poems of Milton -- Translations from Virgil, Ovid, Horace, and Homer -- Translations of Greek Verses -- Epigrams Translated from the Latin of Owen


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