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TÉ Life of Cowley, notwithstanding the penury of English biography, has been written by Dr. Sprat, an author whose pregnancy of imagination *Adelegance of language has deservedly set him high in the ranks of literature ; titlisteal of friendship, orambition of eloquence, has produced a funeral oraon rather than a history: he has given the character, not the life of Cowley; in he writes with so little detail, that scarcely anything is distinctly known, totallis shewn confused and enlarged through the mist of panegyrick. ABRAHAM COWLEY was born in the year one thousand six hundred to tighteen. His father was a grocer, whose condition Dr. Sprat conceals under to overalappellation of a citizen, and, what would probably not have been less ofully suppressed, the omission of his name in the register of St. Dunstan's losives reason to suspect that his father was a sectary. Whoever he was, bodied before the birth of his son, and consequently left him to the care of his, mother, whom Wood represents asstruggling earn st!, to procure him a literary *itation, and who, as she lived to the age of cighty, had her solicitode rewarded. **ing her son eminent, and, I hope, by seeing him fortunate, and partaking *Professity. We know at least, from Sprat's account, that he always ac*ged her care, and jostly paid the dues offilial gratitude. h the window of his mother's apartment lay Sponser's Fairy Queen; in *o be very early took desight to read, til, by feeling the charms of verse, be, one, as he relates, irrecoverably a poet Such are the accidents, wirich, some***Thered, and perhaps sometimes forgotten, produce that particular de: soon of mind, and propensity for some certain science or employment, ** commonly called Genius. The true Genius is a mind of iarge general o, accidentally determined to some particular direction. Sir Joshua *\nolds, the great Painter of the present age, had the sist fondness for his ::t o by the Ferosal of Richardson's ticatise. * . 0L, l,

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