The Life of William Cowper

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T.F. Unwin, 1892 - 681 pages
 

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Contents

Charles Churchill
72
Death of the Poets Father July 9 1756
75
The Farewell to Theodora probably 1756
77
In Love a Second Time The Greenwich Beauty
79
Literary and other Amusements
80
Cowper at the Inner Temple
85
Cowpers Poverty
88
The House of Lords Affair 1763
90
At Margate August and September 1763
93
The Second Derangement
96
Laudanum and the River November 1763
98
On the Brink of Eternity
102
Damned below Judas
107
CHAPTER V
113
The Clouds begin to Break
115
Dick Colman
121
CHAPTER VI
125
Early Days at Huntingdon
127
Huntingdon in Cowpers Days
129
Sephus and Lady Hesketh
131
The Knight of the Bloody Spur
134
The Unwins
136
Cowper as an Economist
140
WITH THE UNWINS
145
Cowper thinks of becoming a Clergyman
151
Cooper or Cowper
161
The Vicarage and Orchard Side
167
Early Days at Olney
171
Hayleys House
177
The Influence of John Newton on Cowper
179
The Return to Weston
181
The Removal of Unwin to Stock and other Incidents of 1769
183
The Death of his Brother John March 1770
189
At the Bull 1771
196
CHAPTER IX
205
TRIFLING OR FROM HIS RECOVERY TO
215
Cowpers Fondness for Fish
221
The Fire at Olney October 1777
227
Cowper and Scott
233
Newton removes to London January 1780
240
REV WILLIAM BULL
243
The Poet draws Mountains and Dabchicks
245
A Head once endued with a Legal Periwig
251
The Lacemakers June 1780
257
CHAPTER XII
265
Expostulation February 1781
269
The Greenhouse
275
Hope Charity Conversation and Retirement June
284
The Publication of the First Volume February 1782
291
CHAPTER XIII
297
Lady Austen again June 1782
303
John Gilpin October 1782
310
Mr Smiths Almoner November 1782
317
CHAPTER XIV
327
Thurlow Colman and Bacon
335
Cowpers tender yet resolute letter to Lady Austen
347
The Brothers Throckmorton May 1784
351
Finding a Publisher October 1784
365
Newtons Relations with Cowper November 1784
366
The Commencement of Homer November 12 1784
372
Various other Olney Folk May 1785
380
WESTON LODGE
439
The Death of Unwin November 29 1786
441
The Ladies of the Inkbottle and the Goodnatured Padre
443
Johnny Higgins
444
Mr Churchey and Samuel Rose
448
The Fourth Derangement January to June 1787
450
The Mortuary Verses November 1787
457
Mr Clotworthy Rowley February 1788
459
The Frogs
460
The Drolleries of Cowpers Letters
465
CHAPTER XVII
469
The Five Slave Ballads Spring 1788
471
Mr Bean March 1788
473
Cowper in at the Death
474
At Chicheley again May 24 1788
476
Mungo the Marquis and Beau
479
Dr Ash and Dr Grindon
481
Visit of Newton the Bouton de Rose and Lady Hesketh The Household at Weston July and August 1788
484
Cowpers Oak
487
He begins the Odyssey September 24 1788
492
Mrs Kings Douceurs А
493
HighBuck Holiday January 1789
495
Miss Hannah
496
The Kings Recovery February 1789
498
The Cuckoo Clock and the Hamper June 1789
500
CHAPTER XVIII
503
Johnny of Norfolk
504
January and the Moon February 1790
509
Cowpers Three Mothers and the Lines on the Receipt of his Mothers Picture out of Norfolk Spring 1790
511
Cowper is delivered of two or three other Brats March 1790
516
The Laureateship
518
The Narrative of Mr Van Lier Midsummer 1790
520
The Anodyne of God July 7 1790
521
The Visit of Mrs King and the Completion of Homer Sep tember 9 1790
522
CHAPTER XIX
525
Cowpers Twenty Books
526
Facing page
526
The Four Ages May 1791
531
Publication of Homer July 1 1791
533
The Bodhams stay a Parsons Week
538
The Milton Scheme and the Delphic Teedon
539
Cowpers Profile made by Mr Higgins 1791
546
Thomas Park February 18 1792
548
CHAPTER XX
551
Cowper Plays the Commentator
556
Hayleys First Visit May 1792
559
Carwardine the Generous
564
The Portrait by Lemuel Abbot July 1792
566
The Journey to Eartham August ist
568
CHAPTER XXII
585
The Miltonic Trap December 1792
594
The Quadruple Alliance July 7 1793
604
The Portrait by Lawrence and the Lines To Mary
615
Hayleys Second Visit November 1793
619
CHAPTER XXIII
627
Hannahs Extravagance
633
IN NORFOLK
637
Dunham Lodge October 1795September 1796
645
What can it Signify? April 25 1800
655
INDEX
675

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Page 119 - There, if thy Spirit touch the soul, And grace her mean abode, Oh ! with what peace, and joy, and love, She communes with her God ! There like the nightingale she pours Her solitary lays ; Nor asks a witness of her song, Nor thirsts for human praise.
Page 357 - From many a twig the pendent drops of ice, That tinkle in the withered leaves below. Stillness, accompanied with sounds so soft, Charms more than silence. Meditation here May think down hours to moments. Here the heart May give a useful lesson to the head, And learning wiser grow without his books.
Page 389 - Thou art the source and centre of all minds, Their only point of rest, eternal Word ! From thee departing they are lost, and rove At random without honour, hope, or peace. From thee is all that soothes the life of man, His high endeavour, and his glad success, His strength to suffer, and his will to serve.
Page 39 - Be it a weakness, it deserves some praise, We love the playplace of our early days ; The scene is touching, and the heart is stone That feels not at that sight, and feels at none.
Page 33 - Hovered thy spirit o'er thy sorrowing son, Wretch even then, life's journey just begun ? Perhaps thou gav'st me, though unfelt, a kiss ; Perhaps a tear, if souls can weep in bliss — Ah, that maternal smile ! it answers — Yes.
Page 162 - And having dropped the expected bag — pass on. He whistles as he goes, light-hearted wretch, Cold and yet cheerful : messenger of grief Perhaps to thousands, and of joy to some, To him indifferent whether grief or joy...
Page 616 - Twas my distress that brought thee low, My Mary! Thy needles, once a shining store, For my sake restless heretofore, Now rust disused, and shine no more; My Mary...
Page 196 - Where is the blessedness I knew When first I saw the Lord? Where is the soul-refreshing view Of Jesus and his word? 3 What peaceful hours I once enjoyed! How sweet their memory still! But they have left an aching void The world can never fill.
Page 654 - YE, who with warmth the public triumph feel Of talents, dignified by sacred zeal, Here, to devotion's Bard devoutly just, Pay your fond tribute due to Cowper's dust ! England exulting in his spotless fame, Ranks with her dearest sons his...
Page 290 - He loved the world that hated him : the tear That dropped upon his Bible was sincere : Assailed by scandal and the tongue of strife, His only answer was, a blameless life ; And he that forged, and he that threw the dart, Had each a brother's interest in his heart.

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