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Arise, O Lord, and help on Thee My own dear child when dangers near, To cast my ev'ry care ;
Runs to my arms to hide ; T embrace the call, “ Come ye to me,
And when its little wants appear, "And I'll your burthens bear.”
Cries, "Father will provide.'
Will vanish from my breast ;
And I regaia my rest.
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Countess Dowager of Hune LORD, in thy churches now appear, ting don's Arms,
And animate thy saints with zeal; With great success our prospects cheer! “ IN VERITATE VICTORIA.
May we thy presence with us feel! Since thou hast rescued us from Deach,
ETERNAL Truth, thou shalt prevail
O'ir all the Errors that assail, To know thy love, and taste thy grace, Or aim to wound by cause : let us spend our life and breath
Feeble their efforts,--weak their friends In winning sinners to thy ways !
Destruction all their plan artends,
And shaine upon them draws.
What fierce assaults hast thou repell’d, Now let thy pow'r with us be found ! Though with all firmness thou hast held Tho' dark and gloomy clouds arise,
Thy sceptre and thy throne : And efforts oft abortive prove,
Tho'carth and Hell against thee join, Now Jesus shine, and clear our skies;
Envy, and pow't, and craft coinbine, Fill ev'ry heart with hope and love!
Truth shall its foes cast down. Into thy vineyard many send,
Just as the sun with pow'rful light And light, and zeal, and grace supply: Dispels the darkness of the night, Be thou their guide, their God, their friend! And mists and shadows fee;
In danger and distress be nigh! Just so shall Truth in grandeur rise, Bless those who now in distant lands
Errors disperse, and make us wise ; Are preaching Christ, as all in all !
lirom darkness set us free! Put forth thy pow'r,--break Satan's bauds, O Truth divine, we hail thy beams! Crown with success the Gospel.call !
Which dissipate the fatal schemes
Of superstitious rites :
G. Auld, Printer, Greville Street, London.
WILLIAM COWPER, ESQ.
Few persons, in any age of Christianity, have been equally eminent for Evangelical devotion, and for literary genius and taste. Religious people may, indeed, in general, be regarded as better informed, because more accustomed to read, than others in the classes of life to which they chiefly belong : but while an earnest desire of religious knowledge usually renders the pious peasant, or mechanic, superior to his woildly neighbours, it seldom pervades the circles of the polite; and when it does, is likely to render them less ardent in the pursuit of literary excellence, by fixing their principal attention on objects of infinitely greater importance. The very remarkable subject of this memoir, might, at the first view, be deemed a striking exception to this rule; yet it may reasonably be doubted, whether, if a sovereign dispensation of the providence of God, had not incapacitated him for the sublimer enjoyments of devotion, he would ever have attained to the suminit of poetical fame. His life, on the whole, has become an object of great curiosity to all who possess a relish for literature and humanity; but to the religious mind, especially if in some measure endowed with a similar taste, the enquiry is singularly interesting. . We should therefore, gladly have gratified our readers with an earlier Men moir of Mr. Cowper: but, as a full and authentic 'account of bis life, under the sanction of his relatives and intiinate friends, was earnestly expected, motives of respect for their inclinations, induced us to wait for its appearance. We can cordially recommend Mr. Hayley's elegant performance to the attention of all whose circumstances enable them to purchase it, as a faithful and satisfactory delineation of his adinied friend and literary associate.' The judicious selection he has made from Mr. Cowper's confidential correspondence, comprizing the sub, stance or extracts of nearly 300 letters, exhibits his character in an amiable and instructive point of view. His work includes
also the treasure of many beautiful pieces of poetry, not before published. The sketch we shall attempt, instead of superseding the occasion for so valuable and so laudable a publication, will, we hope, promote the perusal of it, as well as tend to increase its utility to religious readers.
Mr. Cowper's family was illustrious, both for rank and taJents. Uis grandfather, Spencer Cowper, was a judge in the court of Common Pleas, and brother of the first Earl Cowper, who was Lord Chancellor in the reign of Queen Ann and George l. Beside Dr. Jolin Cowper, Rector of Berkhampstead, the poet's father, Judge Cowper had several children; among whom was the mother of the late Rev. Martin Madan, and of the pious and ingenious Frances Maria Madan, who married hier first cousin Major Cowper, son of Dr. Cowper's elder brother, and heir of the family-estate near Hertford. This Jady was recently well known, and bighly esteemeci, among the politer religious people of the metropolis; and she published a volume of devotional poems, which was reviewed in an early Number of our Magazine. By his mother's side, our poet is supposed to bave been related to Dr. Donne, the ceiebrated satirist, whose name she bore. Her character is iininortalized by the most beautiful of Mr. Cowper's shorter poems; aut it is similarly depicted in an epitaph inscribed on her tomb at Berkhampstead, by her niece the laie Lady Walsingham. She died in 1737, leaving two sons by Dr. Cowper, who married again. Her elder son, who is the subject of this Memoir, was bora Nov. 15 (ohl style) 1731. The birth or John, the younger, was coeval with his inother's decease. Ilis character, and his remarkable conversion, are admirably described in a tive by his brother, with which the Rex, Mr. Newtou bas lately favoured the public.
William Cowper, when nine years old, was sent to l'estminster scbool.' The literary advantages acquired by him in that celebrated seminary, were purchased at the exprnce of his future peace. Among the numerous and irrefragablo puert's of human depravity, the disposition of children to iuftici pain, is not the least obvious. Their delight in tormenting aniinals (if not early repressed by education) might be supposed to originatein childish ignorance and thoughtfulness; but the tyranny they exercise, if permitted, over servants and weaker children, does not admit of a similar extenuation. A public school attords iree scope for the cruelty of the greater boys toward their help less juniors; and Cowper's tender age and constitutional timidity, exposed him peculiarly to this species of oppression. lo produced an indelible effect upon his mind through life; and it afforus the clue by which his future circumstances are to be explained. Occasional symptoms of derangement, in his early youth, may apparently be ascribed to the same cause. Having endured this trial for nine years, it was succeeded by another,