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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 .
and his lines “On Receipt of his Mother's Picture,” were
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.
THE OLNEY HYMNs:—
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
THE OLNEY HYMNs—Continued.
13. The Covenant -
14. Jehovah-shammah -
17. The House of Prayer -
22. Prayer for a Blessing on the Young
23. Pleading for and with Youth
26. On opening a Place for Social Prayer
27. Welcome to the Table -
32. The Shining Light -
34. The Waiting Soul . -
36. Afflictions Sanctified by the Word
37. Temptation - -
39. The Walley of the Shadow of Death
40. Peace after a Storm
47. The Hidden Life -
50. The Christian - -