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Cowper is eminently the David of English poetry, pouring forth, like the great Hebrew bard, his own deep and warm feelings in behalf of moral and religious truth. “ His language," says Campbell, “ has such a masculine, idiomatic strength, and his manner, whether he rises into grace or falls into negligence, has so much plain and familiar freedom, that we read no poetry with a deeper conviction of its sentiments having come from the author's heart; and of the enthusiasm, in whatever he describes, having been un. feigned and unexaggerated. He impresses us with the idea of a being, whose fine spirit had been long enough in the mixed society of the world to be polished by its intercourse, and yet withdrawn so soon as to retain an unworldly degree of purity and simplicity.” And a writer in the Retrospective Review remarks, that “the delightful freedom of his manner, so acceptable to those who had long been accustomed to a poetical school, of which the ra lical fault was constraint; his noble and tender morality; his fervent piety; his glowing and well-expressed patriotism; his descriptions, unparal. leled in vividness and accuracy since Thomson; his playful humor and his powerful satire; the skilful construction of his verse, at least in the · Task,' and the refreshing variety of that fascinating poem,--all together conspired to render him highly popular, both among the multitude of common readers, and among those who, possessed of poetical powers themselves, were capable of intimately appreciating those of a real poet."
We might thus fill many pages with encomiastic remarks upon the poetry of Cowper, but the reader would rather taste of the original for himself.'
THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD IN ALL THINGS.
Happy the man, who sees a God employd
1 Read--Hayley's Life, a most interesting piece of biography--Grimshaw's Life, prefixed to bis edi. tion in 8 vols., and Southey's Life, prefixed to his edition in 15 vols. The latter is the best edition of the poct. Read, also, articles in the Edinburgh Review, il. 64, and iv. 273, and in the Quarterly xvi. 116, and xxx. 185. Also, an article in Jeffrey's Miscellantes. An admirable dissertation on the pro. gress of English poetry, from Chaucer tu Cowper, will be found in vol. 11. chap. 12, of Southey's edi tion of the pout. 3 A
Kindle a fiery boil upon the skin,
Task, II. 161.
Task, ill. 108
Task, s. 13.
THE GEOLOGIST AND COSMOLOGIST.1
Some drill and bore
Task, ill. 150.
1 In the early history of geology many good and plous people were concerned, lest such discoveries should be made ns would invalidate the Mosaic account of the creation. But how groundless have all their fears proved I Truth is one, and God's works can never be in conflict with his Word. OL the whole race of "spruce philosophers," as Cowper cnlls them, even the infidel Voltaire could thus write: "Philosophers put themselves, without ceremony, in the place of God, and destroy and renew the world after their own fashion." "From the time of Buffon," says Dr. Wiseman, in his learned Lectures on Science and Revealed Religion, "system rose beside system, like the moving pillars of the desert, advancing in threatening array; but like them they were fabrics of sand; and though in 1806 the French Institute counted more than EIGHTY such theories of geology hostile to Scripture bise tory, not one of them has stood till now, or deserves to be recorded." And Turner, in his learned work on Chemistry, says, “Of all the wonders of geology, none is so wonderful as the condidence of the several theorists."
2 Upon this and other pieces of Cowper, in behalf of the poor slave, the poet Campbell thus truthfully as well as feelingly remarks: “Poetical expositions of the horrors of slavery may, Indeed. seem very unlåely agents in contributing to destroy it; and it is possible that the most refined planter in the Wes! Indies, may look with neither shame nor compunction on his own image, ed posed in the pages of Cowper, as a being degraded by giving stripes and tasks to his fellow crei tures. But such appeals to the heart of the community are not lost. They fix themselves silently in the popular memory, and they become, at last, a part of that public opinion, whicn must, sooner or later, wrench the lash from the hand of the oppressor."-Specimena, vii. 364.
As human nature's broadest, foulest blor,
KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM.
Task, vi. 88.
To love it too.
MERCY TO ANIMALS.
1 When Cowper wrote these lines, nearly a million of African slaves tolled in the British colonies. But the English abolitionists, led on by Sharpe, and Clarkson, and Wilberforce, so earnestly pure trayed their wrongs and plead their cause, that the great heart of the pation became at lengra tom Aroused to the subject, and they were declared absolutely and unconditionally free on the isto gust, 1838.
It was predicted that theft, and plunder, and murder, would be the consequence, and the August wns anticipated by all with the most intense interest. It came and passed WHO solemnity of a Sabbath-day. The houses of worship were thronged the preceding evening come the advent of Liberty, and as the clock tolled out the hour of midnight, the assemblea poput bowed the knee in prayer and praise to the God who had bestowed it. Not a blow was s revenge- not an arm upraised in riot. Ten years have now elapsed, and they have borne witness to the constant and rapid improveux
ure are much better: nearly every family has a horse or xmple, and very many have several. They are willing to work steadily for me
steadily for moderate waves, and most of them remain on the estates of their former masters. Many have purchased by and it is estimated that there are now 20,000 freeholders among the emancipated peasantry or alone. Marriage is now “homorable" among them; the parental relation is better und its duties better performed; education is appreciated ; and churches have multiplied. The contribute Jiberally towards sustaining the ministration of the gospel among themselve
hemselves, and are already beginning to wtretch out their hands, and to send forth their missionaries to their ben Catherland. For these condensed facts I am indebted to Rev. C. S. Renshaw, for many year cotei missionary among the freedmen in Jamaica.
Yet wanting sensibility,) the man
Tusk, vi, 560.
Some seek diversion in the tented field,
Task, v. 185.
'Tis liberty alone that gives the flower
Task, v. 446.