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Let us with silent footsteps go
And, pointing to th' ensanguin'd field,
every season let
O hear our prayer, 0 hither come From thy lamented Shakspeare's tomb, On which thou lov'st to sit at eve, Musing o'er thy darling's grave; 0 queen
of numbers, once again Animate some chosen swain, Who, fill’d with unexhausted fire, May boldly smite the sounding lyre, Who with some new unequall'd song May rise above the rhyming throng, O'er all our list'ning passions reign, O’erwhelm our souls with joy and pain, With terror shake, and pity move, Rouse with revenge, or melt with love ; O deign t'attend his evening walk, With him in groves and grottos talk; Teach him to scorn with frigid art Feebly to touch th' unraptur'd heart; Like lightning, let his mighty verse The bosom's inmost foldings pierce; With native beauties win applause Beyond cold critics' studied laws; o let each Muse's fame increase, O bid Britannia rival Greece.
THE DYING INDIAN.
The dart of Izdabel prevails ! 'twas dipt
Preserve this crown With sacred secrecy: if e'er returns Thy much-lov'd mother from the desert woods, Where, as I hunted late, I hapless lost her, Cherish her age. Tell her, I ne'er have worshipp'd With those that eat their God. And when disease Preys on her languid limbs, then kindly stab her With thine own hands, nor suffer her to linger, Like Christian cowards, in a life of pain. I go! great Copac beckons me! Farewell!
BORN 1731.-DIED 1800.
WILLIAM COWPER was born at Berkhamstead, in Hertfordshire. His grandfather was Spenser Cowper, a judge of the Court of Common Pleas, and a younger brother of the Lord Chancellor Cowper. His father was the rector of Berkhamstead, and chaplain to George the Second. At six years of age, he was taken from the care of an indulgent mother, and placed at a school in Bedfordshire'. He there endured such hardships, as embittered his opinion of public education for all his life. His chief affliction was, to be singled out, as a victim of secret cruelty, by a young monster, about fifteen years of age; jwhose barbarities were, however, at last detected, and punished by his expulsion. Cowper was also taken from the school. From the age of eight to nine, he was boarded with a famous oculist", on account of a complaint in his eyes, which, during his whole life, were subject to inflammation. He
1 In Hayley's life his first school is said to have been in Hertfordshire. The Memoir of his early life, published in 1816, says in Bedfordshire.
• He does not inform us where, but calls the oculist Mr. D. -Hayley, by mistake, I suppose, says that he was boarded with a female oculist.