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THE TASK, IN SIX BOOKS.

Book 1. The Sofa ....,

2. The Timepiece...........................................

3. The Garden ...........................

4. The Winter Evening...............

83

5. The Winter Morning Walk .......................

108

6. The Winter Walk at Noon............... 136

Tirocinium ; or, a Review of Schools.

168

Verses sapposed to be written by Alexander Selkirk .... 196

The Castaway............

..................... 198

The Negro's Complaint...................

200

* Pity for poor Africans...........................................

202

The Morning Dream .......................................

204

The retired Cat................................................... 205

The Love of the World reproved............

209

Matual Forbearance necessary to the Happiness of the

Married State................................................

210

Love abused .............

212

Pairing Time anticipated. A Fable ........................

The Moralizer corrected. A Tale..............

215

A Fable ..................

217

The Pineapple and Bee .........

218

The Poet, the Oyster, and Sensitive Plant .......... 220

The Nightingale and Glowworm............

· The Dog and the Waterlily. No Fable.............. 223

, On a Spaniel, called Beau, killing a young Bird.......... 225

'Beau's Reply...

................................................ 226

· The Doves ......................................................... 227

The Faithful Bird..

228

The Lily and the Rose..

230

On a Goldfinch, starved to Death in bis Cage.......... 231

The Modern Patriot...........

232

Report of an adjudged Case.

233

The Jadgment of the Poets..

On a mischievous Bull... ..........

236

The Needless Alarm...........

On observing some Names of little Note recorded........ 241

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153

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TRANSLATIONS FROM VINCENT BOURNE.

1. The Glowworm......................

2. The Jackdaw.......

243

3. The Cricket....................................

244

4. The Parrot ..............

246

5. Reciprocal Kindness, the primary Law of Nature.....

6. The Thracian....

249

7. A Manual more ancient than the Art of Printing..... 249

8. An Enigma .........

252

9. Sparrows self-domesticated.......

253

10. Familiarity dangerous...

254

11. Invitation to the Redbreast..............

255

12. Strada's Nightingale ...........

256

13. Ode on the Death of a

257

14. The Cause won......

258

15. The Silkworm ............

259

16. The Innocent Thief ......

260

17. Denner's Old Woman....

18. The Tears of a Painter......................

262

19. The Maze ........................................

264

20. No Sorrow peculiar to the Sufferer................ 264

21. The Snail....

........................, 285

Hymn for the Use of the Sunday School at Olney......... 266

Stanzas subjoined to a Bill of Mortality for the Year 1787 267

The same for 1788....................

269

The same for 1789................

271

The same for 1790............................................. 272

The same for 1792 ..............

274

The same for 1793...............

Inscription .........

278

Lines composed for a Memorial of A. Cowper, Esq...... 278

To the Memory of the late John Thornton, Esq. .......... 279

To the Memory of Dr. Lloyd............. ...........

EPITAPHS.

On Mrs. M. Higgins, of Weston..

282

On Mr. Hamilton .......

282

On Fop, a Dog belonging to Lady Throckmorton....... 283

On a Hare ....

283

An Epistle to the Rev. W. Bull.............

285

The Enchantment dissolved.......

287

POEMS

OF

WILLIAM COWPER.

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!

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 general. If there were not, as for VOL. II.

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the most part there is, wilful neglect in those who manage them, and an omission even of such discipline as they are susceptible of, the objects are yet too numerous for minute attention; and the aching hearts of ten thousand parents, mourning under the bitterest of all disappointments, attest the truth of the allegation. His quarrel therefore is with the mischief at large, and not with any particular instance of it.

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