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was finished in 1790, and published in two quarto volumes in 1791. He next undertook to edit an edition of Milton's Poetical Works, and with this view translated his Latin Poems; but the work was never completed. A poem, entitled “The Seven Ages,” was begun, but only a few lines were written. His beautiful lines to Mrs Unwin, beginning—

“The twentieth year is well nigh past .
Since first our sky was overcast;
Ah, that this might be the last,
My Mary"—

and his lines “On Receipt of his Mother's Picture,” were
written at this period, and exhibit the unabated force of his
mind and imagination.
Of the remainder of his life we have little to record.
Mrs Unwin fell into an infirm state of health, and his own
mind became extremely depressed. Lady Hesketh flew to
his help, and he rallied so far as to be able to visit his bio-
grapher, Hayley; but he soon relapsed. His relation, Dr
Johnson, removed him from Weston to North Tudderham
in Norfolk, and from thence to various places, for change
of air and scene, but without perceptible advantage to his
health. In 1796, Mrs Unwin died. “In the dusk of the
evening of her death, he attended Dr Johnson to survey
the corpse, and after looking a very few moments, he started
suddenly away, with a vehement but unfinished sentence of
passionate sorrow. He spoke of her no more.” Dr John-
son's attentions to him were never surpassed in delicacy
and self-denial. Any other man would have shrunk from
undertaking the charge of an infirm hypochondriac, who
rarely spoke, and seemed to derive no pleasure from either
the world or religion.
The cloud which had now settled over his intellect was
never removed. He had long lived under the delusion, that
the mercy of God, which is free to all the world besides, was
denied to him. There were momentary intervals in which
a ray of hope gleamed upon his mind, but they were tran.

sitory; and it is melancholy to record, that that hope of which he had sung so sweetly to others was denied to himself in his last hours. But though the nature of his disease had banished hope from his mind, his life and writings prove that he had long rested his faith on Christ Jesus as his Saviour, and warrant the assurance that death translated him to eternal glory. His death took place on the 25th April 1800. He was buried in St Edmund's Chapel, in the Church of East Dereham. Lady Hesketh erected a marble tablet to his memory.

“Cowper,” says Hayley, “was of a middle stature, rather strong than delicate in the form of his limbs; the colour of his hair was a light brown, that of his eyes a bluish-gray, and his complexion ruddy.” In manner he was reserved, but to females he was extremely engaging. His character was a singular compound of strength and delicacy. Manly in his thoughts and writings, he was almost a woman in the readiness with which he surrendered himself to the direction of others in matters of business. With a keen sense of the ludicrous and a sharp pen, he never willingly wounded a single human being; and, rigid himself in his attention to virtue and piety, he judged the actions of other men in a spirit of the most liberal charity.

Cowper's Poems need no panegyric of ours; they have taken a permanent place among the literary treasures of the English language. They were the genuine utterance of his own heart; and their manly thought, vigour, and simplicity, their mingled humour and pathos, the variety and the felicity of their descriptions of men and things, and the elevated strain of Christian sentiment by which they are pervaded, have secured their popularity while our language endures.

EDINBURGH, June 1, 1858.




1. Walking with God . - - - . 234

2. Jehovah-jireh. The Lord will Provide . . 234

3. Jehovah-rophi. I am the Lord that Healeth thee . 235

4. Jehovah-nissi. The Lord my Banner . . 236

5. Jehovah-shalom. The Lord send Peace . . 236

6. Wisdom - - - - - . 237

7. Wanity of the World - - * * . 238

8. O Lord, I will praise thee - - . 238

9. The Contrite Heart - - - . 239

10. The future Peace and Glory of the Church . 239

11. Jehovah our Righteousness - - . 240

12. Ephraim Repenting - - - . 240
261 26i 262 262

THE OLNEY HYMNs—Continued.

13. The Covenant -

14. Jehovah-shammah -
15. Praise for the Fountain opened
16. The Sower - -

17. The House of Prayer -
18. Lovest thou Me? . -
19. Contentment - -
20. Old Testament Gospel -
21. Sardis - - -

22. Prayer for a Blessing on the Young

23. Pleading for and with Youth
24. Prayer for Children -
25. Jehovah Jesus -

26. On opening a Place for Social Prayer

27. Welcome to the Table -
28. Jesus hasting to Suffer .
29. Exhortation to Prayer -
30. The Light and Glory of the Word
31. On the Death of a Minister

32. The Shining Light -
33. Seeking the Beloved -

34. The Waiting Soul . -
35. Welcome Cross -

36. Afflictions Sanctified by the Word

37. Temptation - -
38. Looking upwards in a Storm

39. The Walley of the Shadow of Death

40. Peace after a Storm
41. Mourning and Longing
42. Self-acquaintance
43. Prayer for Patience
44. Submission -
45. The Happy Change
46. Retirement

47. The Hidden Life -
48. Joy and Peace in Believing
49. True Pleasures . -

50. The Christian - -
51. Lively Hope and Gracious Fear
52. For the Poor • .
53. My Soul Thirsteth for God

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