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WITH THE LATIN AND OTHER POEMS,
NOTES AND TRANSLATIONS
BY W. COWPER,
LIFE BY WILLIAM HAYLEY.
IN FOUR VOLUMES.
Nec satis hoc visum est in utrumque et nec pia cessant officia in tumulo.
PRINTED FOR HENRY WASHBOURNE,
REV. DR, JOHNSON,
THE KINSMAN OF COWPER.
Allow me, my dear Friend, to devote to you these little volumes, which, I persuade myself, you may often peruse with peculiar gratification, because they owe their existence to a wish zealously uttered by your beloved and revered relation. remember, that Cowper, in conversing with his friend of Sussex, expressed, with a tenderness and vivacity of spirit peculiar to himself, a kind hope, that an edition of Milton might, at some convenient season, appear, comprising that Friend's Life of their favorite Poet, united to whatever verse
and prose relating to Milton, his own precarious health had allowed, and might yet allow him opportunities of composing.
He lived to execute only a small part of what he designed ; but even hiş fragments of composition have a sanctity in our estimation. I have now accomplished the desire of that benevolent spirit, whose slightest wish could not fail to have its due influence over all, who knew, and loved him
as we did.
Instead of the Analysis, and the few scenes of Andreini's Adamo, which were formerly annexed to my Conjectures on the Origin of Paradise Lost, I have here inserted the whole drama in that faithful tran: slation, which you will recollect, as having formed the pastime of the party at Eartham, when you kindly executed the office of a secretary, and committed the composition to paper, as it proceeded from the lips of the two social translators. The manuscript, which had been neglected for years, has been
recently examined and thought worthy of preservation ; since Italian copies of Andreini's Adamo are very seldom to be found, this version may gratify the public as an amusing curiosity; and a sight of the whole drama may enable the reader to judge for liimself concerning the influence, it is likely to have had, in attaching the mind of Milton to the subject, on which he has so happily founded his own poetical pre-eminence, and immortality.
Andreini has been contemptuously reviled by several writers utterly unacquainted with his compositions ; but Tiraboschi, one of the most candid, and judicious, critics of Italy, speaks of him with the following just mixture of censure, and of praise :
“ L' Adamo dell Andreini, benche abbia alcuni Tratti di pessimo Gusto, ne ha altri ancora che si posson proporre comme modello di eccellente Poesia."
Tiraboschi, cited by Mr, Todd.
To prevent these volumes from even seeming to interfere with the comprehensive