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BY

WILLIAM COWPER,

Of the Inner Temple, Esq.
IN TWO VOLUMES.

fi'titaqasc tremulum Ubrts ubi lumen ahenis
Sole repercussum, aut radiantis imagine lunr,
Omnia pervolftat late loca, jamque sub auras
Erigitur, sumrnique fcrit laquearia tetti.

Virg. ./En. viii.
So water, trembling in a polished vase,
RefleQs the beam that plays upon its face;
The sportive light, uncertain where if falls,
Now strikcs the roof, now flash** on the walls.

A NEW EDITION.
LONDON:

PRINTED FOR J. JOHNSON AND CO. ST. PAUL'3
CHURCH-YARD.

1810.

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PREFACE

FIRST VOLUME.

When 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 be justly 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

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