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BY

WILLIAM COW PE R,

OF THE INNER TEMPLE, ESQ.

IN TWO VOL U M E S.

VOL. II.

A NEW EDITION.

LONDON:

PRINTED POR J.JOHNSON, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARI),

BY T. BENSLEY, BOLT COURT, FLEET STREET.

1800,

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The history of the following production is briefly this:-A lady, fond of blank verse, demanded a poem of that kind from the author, and gave him the Sofa for a subject. He obeyed; and, having much leisure, connected another subject with it; and, pursuing the train of thought to which his situation and turn of mind led him, brought forth at length, instead of the trifle which he at first intended, a serious

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In the Poem on the subject of Education, he would be very sorry to stand suspected of having aimed his censure at any particular school. His objections are such as naturally apply themselves to schools in general. If there were not, as for the most part there is, wilful

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