His translation of Madame de la Guyon's poems, neral Cowper and the Rev. Dr. Bagot. Conso-
at Mr. Bull's request. Commences his original latory letter to the latter...
productions, at the suggestion of Mrs. Unwin.
Renews his correspondence with Mr. and Mrs.
Newton. Describes the state of his mind. ...... 126
Pleasure he enjoyed in his new residence. Sud-
den death of Mrs. Unwin's son. Cowper's dis-
tress on the occasion. Experiences a severe at-
Makes preparations for publishing his first von tack of illness. Is compelled to relinquish, for a
lume. Reasons assigned for it. Beneficial effects time, his labors of translation. Mr. Rose's first
of composition on his mind. His comparative visit to him. His sudden recovery. Manner of
indifference to the success of his volume. Great spending his time. Peculiarities of his case. Is
care, nevertheless, with which he composed it. dissuaded from resuming his translation. His de-
His readiness to avail himself of the assistance termination to persevere in it. Applies to it with
and advice of his friends. The interest which the utmost diligence. Great care with which he
Mr. Newton took in his publication. Writes the translated it. His admiration of the original.
preface for the volume. Cowper’s judicious re | Providential preservation of Mrs. Unwin. His
ply to some objections that had been made to it. painful depression unremoved...
Publication of the volume. Manner in which it
was received. Continuance of Cow per's depres-
Bion. State of his mind respecting religion. His
Pressing invitations of his friends to write a
warm attachment to the leading truths of the gos-
pel. Ardent desires to make his volume the
poem on the Slave Trade. Reasons for declining
means of conveying them to others...
it. Correspondence with Mrs. King. Particular
description of his feelings. Death of Sir Ashley
Cowper. Description of his character. Great
severity of Cowper's depression. Is again urged
Commencement of Cowper's acquaintance with to write on the Slave Trade. Again declines it.
Lady Austin. Pleasure it affords him. Poetic Assigns particular reasons for it. His indefa-
epistle to her. Her removal to Olney. Benefi. tigable application to Homer. Notice he took of
cial influence of her conversational powers on passing events. Mr. and Mrs. Newton's visit to
Cowper's mind. Occasion of his writing John Weston. The pleasure it afforded Cowper. Lady
Gilpin. Lines composed at Lady Austin's re Hesketh's visit. Completion of the Iliad, and
quest. Induced by her to commence writing 'The commencement of the Odyssey. His unwearied
'Task. Principal object he had in view in com. application to Homer not allowed to divert his at-
Sudden and final separation from tention from religion. Occasional composition of
Lady Austin. Occasional severity of bis depres original poetry. Readiness to listen to any altera-
sive malady. Hopes entertained by his friends of tion that might be suggested in his productions.. 156
his ultimate recovery:
His own opinion upon it.
Pleasing proofs of the power of religion on bis
mind. Tenderness of his conscience. Serious Mrs. Unwin much injured by a fall. Cowper's
reflections. Aversion to religious deception and
anxiety respecting her. Continues incessantly
pretended piety. Bigotry and intolerance, with engaged in his Homer. Expresses regret that it
their opposite vices, levity and indifference, deplor.
should, in some measure, have suspended his cor-
ed. Sympathy with the sufferings of the poor.
Enviable condition of such of them as are pious,
respondence with his friends. Revises a small
compared with the rich who disregard religion... 134 Receives as a present from Mrs. Bodham, a por
volume of poems for children. State of his mind.
trait of his mother. Feelings on the occasion.
Interesting description of her character. His af-
Publication of Cowper's second volume of
fectionate attachment to her. Translates a series
poems. Manner in which it was received by the
of Latin letters from a Dutch minister of the gos-
public. His feelings on the occasion. Great self. pel. Continuance of his depression. Is attack-
abasement Renewal of his correspondence with
ed with a nervous sever. Completion of his trans-
Lady Hesketh. Acceptance of her proffered as-
lation. Death of Mrs. Newton. His reflections
sistance. Her projected visit to Olney. Cow on the occasion. Again revises his Homer. His
per's pleasing anticipations of its results. Her unalterable attachment to religion... .... 160
arrival. Cowper's removal from Olney to Weston.
His intimacy with the Throckmortons. Happi-
ness it afforded hiin......
Publication of his Homer. Anxiety respecting
it. To whom dedicated. Benefits he had derived
from it. Feels the want of employment. Pre-
Extracts from his correspondence. Description pares materials for a splendid edition of Milton's
of the deep seriousness that generally pervaded poetic works. Vindicates his character. Attempts
his mind. His remarks to justify his removal of his friends to dissuade him from his new en-
from Olney. Vindicates himself and Mrs. Un gagement. His replies. The commencement of
win from unjust aspersions. Reasons for under. his acquaintance with Mr. Hayley. Pleasure it af-
taking the translation of Homer. His opinion of forded Mr. llayley. Mrs. Unwin's first attack of
Pope's. Unremiting attention to his own. Im paralysis. Manner in which it affected Cowper.
mense pains he bestowed upon it. His readiness Remarks on Milton's labors. Reply to Mr. New.
to avail himself of the assistance of others. Ves. ton's letter for original composition. Continu-
ation he experienced from a multiplicity of critics. ance of his depression. First letter from Mr.
Just remarks upon criticism. Determination to Hayley. Unpleasant circumstances respecting it.
persevere in his work. Justifies himself for un. Mr. Hayley's first visit to Weston. Kind manner
dertaking it. Pleasure he took in relieving the in which he was received. Mrs. Unwin's second
poor. Renewal of his correspondence with Ge. severe paralytic attack Cowper's feelings on