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your function. Neither am I sorry, that you find it difficult to-fix-your thoughts to the serious point at all times. It proves at least that you attempt, and wish to do it, and these are good symptoms. Wo to those who enter on the ministry of the Gospel without having previously rasked at least from God a mind and spirit suited to their occupation, and whose experience never differs from itself, because they are always 'alike 'vain, light, and inconsideráte. It is, therefore, matter of great joy to me to hear you complain of levity, and such it is to Mrs. Unwin. She is, I thank God, tolerably well, and loves you. As to the time of your journey hither, the sooner after June the better; till then we shall have company.
I'forgot not my debts to your dear Sister, and your Aunt Balls. Greet them both with a Brother's kiss, and place it to my account. I will write to them when Milton and a thousand other engagements will give me leave. Mr. Hayley is here on a visit. We have formed a friendship that I trust will last for life, and render us an edifying example to all future poets.
Adieu! Lose no time in coming after the time mentioned: ... 1
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---The readers is informed by the close of the lastiletter, that I was at this time the guest of Cowper. Our meeting, so singularly produced, was a source of reciprocal delight: » We looked cheerfully forward to the unclouded enjoyment of many social and literary hours. It $17 pas.com
My host, though now in his sixty-first year, appeared as happily exempt from all the infirmities of advanced life, as friendship could wish him to be; and his more elderly companion, not materially oppressed by age, discovered a benet volent alertness of character, that seemed to promise a continuance of their domestic comfort. Their reception of me was kindness itself: I was enchanted to find, that the manners and conversation of Cowper resembled his poetry, charming by unaffected elegance, and the graces of a benevolent spirit." I' looked with affectionate veneration and pleasure on the lady, who having devoted her life and for, tune to the service of this tender and sublime genius, in watching over him with maternal vigilance through many years of the darkest calamity, appeared to be now enjoying a reward justly due to the noblest exertions of friend, ship, in contemplating the health, and the rer nown of the poet, whom she had the happiness to preserve.
It seemed hardly possible to survey human
nature in a more touching, and a more satisfactory point of view.—Their tender attention to , each other, their simple devout gratitude for the mercies which they had experienced together, and their constant, but unaffected, propensity to impress on the mind and heart of a new friend the deep sense, which they incessantly felt, of their mutual obligations to each other, afforded me very singular gratification; which my reader will conceive the more forcibly, when he has perused the following exquisite Sonnet, addressed by Cowper to Mrs. Unwin.
SONNET Mary! I want a lyre with other strings; Such aid from Heaven as some have feign'd they drew! An eloquence scarce given to mortals, new And undebas'd by praise of ineaner things! That ere through age or wo I shed my wings. I may record thy worth, with honor due, In verse as musical as thou art true, Verse that immortalizes whom it sings!
But thou hast little need; there is a book
...The delight that I derived from a perfect view of the virtues, the talents, and the present domestic enjoyments of Cowper, was suddenly overcast by the darkest and most painful anxiety, .
After passing our mornings in social study, we usually walked out together at noon, In returning from one of our rambles, around the pleasant village at Weston, we were met by Mr. Greatheed, an accomplished minister of the Gospel, who resides at Newport-Pagnel, and whom Cowper described to me in terms of cordial esteem.
He came forth to meet us as we drew near the house, and it was soon visible from his countenance and manner, that he had ill news to impart. After the most tender preparation, that humanity could devise, he acquainted Cowper; that Mrs. Unwin was under the immediate pressure of a paralytic attack. • My agitated friend ran to the sight of the sufferer:-he returned to me in a state, that alarmed me in the highest degree for his faculties:-his first speech to me was wild in the extreme; my answer would appear little less şo; but it was addressed to the predominant fancy of my unhappy friend, and with the blessing of Heaven, it produced an instantaneous çalm in his troubled mind,
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ship, with such mild and cheerful confidence, that his affectionate spirit regarded me as sent providentially to support him in a season of the severest affliction."
A very fortunate incident enabled me to cheer him by a little show of medical assistance, in a form that was highly beneficial to his compassionate mind, whatever its real influence might be on the palsied limbs of our interesting patient.
Having formerly provided myself with an electrical apparatus, for the purpose of applying it medicinally to counteract a continual tendency to inflammation in the eyes, I had used it occasionally, for several years, in trying to relieve various maladies in my rustic neighbours; often indeed with no success, but now and then with the happiest effect. I wished to try this powerful though uncertain remedy on the present occasion; and inquired most eagerly if the village of Weston could produce an electrical machine: It was hardly to be expected, but it so happened, that a worthy inhabitant of Weston, a man whom Cowper regarded for uncommon gentleness of manners, and for an ingenious mind, possessed exactly such an apparatus as we wanted, which he had partly constructed himself. · This good man, Mr. Socket, was absent from