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THE TASK,

IN

SIX BOOKS.

BY

WILLIAM COWPER, ESQ.

OF THE INNER TEMPLE.

EXETER:

PUBLISHED BY J. & B. WILLIAMS.

1836.

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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 Sora for a subject. He obeyed; and, having much leisure, eonneeted 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.

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