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desired, composed as well as I could compose it in a place where every object being still new to me, distracts my attention, and makes me as awkward at verse as if I had never dealt in it. Here it is:
EPITAPH ON FOP:
BELONGING TO LADY THROCKMORTON..
Though once a puppy, and though Fop by name,
“ Yes !" the indignant shade of Fop replies,
I am here, as I told you in my last, delightfully situated, and in the enjoyment of all that the most friendly hospitality can impart; yet do I neither forget Weston, nor my friends at Weston: On the contrary, I have at length, though much and kindly pressed to make a longer stay, determined on the day of our departure
on the seventeenth of September we shall leave Eartham; four days will be necessary to bring us home again, for I am under a promise to General Cowper to dine with him on the way, which cannot be done comfortably, either to him or to ourselves, unless we sleep that night at Kingston.
The air of this place has been, I believe, beneficial to us both. I indeed was in tolerable health before I set out, but have acquired since I came, both a better appetite, and a knack of sleeping almost as much in a single night as formerly in two. Whether double quantities of that article will be favorable to me as a poet, time must shew. About myself however I care little, being made of materials so tough, as not to threaten me even now, at the end of so many lustrums, with any thing like a speedy dissolution. My chief concern has been about Mrs. Unwin, and my chief comfort at this moment is, that she like. wise has received, I hope, considerable benefit by the journey.
Tell my dear George that I begin to long to behold him again, and did it not savour of ingratitude to the friend, under whose roof I am so happy at present, should be impatient to find myself once more under yours.
Adieu ! my dear Catharina. I have nothing to add in the way of news, except that Romney 'ha3 drawn me in crayons ; by the suffrage of all here, extremely like; 13'; iicut
To the Rev. Nir. HURDIS, i toho
Eartham, August 26, 1799, si sunt o lw 'oissa opis p ! MY DEAR SIRA 2.3... nii
Your kind, but very affecting letter, found me not at Weston, to which place it was directed, but in a bower of my friend Hayley's garden at Eartham, where I was sitting with Mrs. Unwin. We both knew the moment we saw it from whom it came, and observing a red seal, both comforted ourselves that all was well at Burwash: but we soon felt that]we were called not to rejoice, but to mourn with youwe do indeed sincerely mourn with you, and iftit will afford you any consolation to
know it, you may be assured that every eye here has tęstified what our hearts have suffered for you. Your loss is great, and your dispositional perceive such as exposes you to feel the whole weight of it; I will not add to your sorrow by aivain attempt to assuage it, your own good sense, and the piety of your principles, will, of course, suggest to you the most powerful motives of acquiescence in the will of God. You will be sure to recollect that the stroke, sevete as it is is not the stroke of an enemy, but of a father; and will find I trust hereaftergothat like a father he has done you good by it! :Thousands have been able ta say,
and myself as loud as any bf them, it has been good for me that I was afflicted; but time is necesa sary to work as to this persuasion, and in due time it shall be yours. Mr. Hayley, i wlio tenderly sympathises with you, has enjoined: me to send you as preso sing an invitation as I can frame, to join me at this place.": I have every motive to wish you iconsent, both your benefit and my own, which, I believe, would be abundantly answered hy your coming, ought to make me eloquent in such a cause. Here you will find silence and retirement in perfection, when you would seek them, and here such company as I have no doubt would suit you; all cheerful, but not noisy; and all alike disposed to love you: you and I seem to have here a fair opportunity of meeting. It were a pity we should be in the same county and not come together. I am here till the seventeenth of September, an interval that will afford
time to make the necessary arrangements, and to gratify me at last with an interview, which I have long desired. Let me hear from you soon, that I may have double pleasure, the pleasure of expecting, as well as that of seeing you.
Mrs. Unwin, I thank God, though still a sufferer by her last illness, is much better, and has received considerable benefit by the air of Earthạm. She adds to mine her affectionate compliments, and joins me and Hayley in this invitation.
Mr. Romney is here, and a young man a Cousin of mine. I tell you who we are, that you may not be afraid of us.
Adieu! May the Comforter of all the afflicted, who seek him, be yours. God bless you.