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POEMS,

BY

WILLIAM COWPER,

of the Inner Temple, Esq.

VOL. I.

T, Bensley, Printor, Bolt Caurt, Fleet Street, London

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BY

WILLIAM COWPER,

. Of the Imer Temple, Esq.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

Sicut aquæ tremulum labris ubi lumen ahenis
Sole repercussum, aut radiancis imagine lune,
Omnia pervolitat late loca, jamque sub aaras
Erigitur, summique ferit laquearia tecti.

Virg. Æn, viii.
So water, trembling in a polished vase,
Reflects the beam that plays upon its face ;
The sportive light, uncertain where it falis,
Now strikes the roof, now flashes on the walls,

A NEW EDITION..

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR I. JOHNSON, IN ST. PAUL'S

CHURCH-YARD,

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TO THE

FIRST VOLUME.

W

Hen an Author, by appearing in print, requests an audience of the Public, and is upon

the point of speaking for himself, whoever presumes to step before him with a preface, and to say, Nay, but hear me first,” should have something worthy of attention to offer, or he will justly be deemed officious and impertinent. The judicious reader has probably, upon other occasions, been beforehand with me in this reflection : and I am not very willing it should now be applied to me, however I may seem to expose myself to the danger of it. But the thought of having my own name perpetuated in connexion with the name in the title page, is so pleasing and flattering to the feelings of my heart, that I am content to risk something for the gratification.

This Preface is not designed to commend the Poems to which it is prefixed. My testimony would be insufficient for those, who are not qualified to judge properly for themselves, and unnecessary to those, who are.

Besides the reasons, whicb sender it improper and unseamly for a man

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