Note 30
From Poetry In A Polite Society:Refinement a chapter from "A Preface To Eighteenth Century Poetry" by James Sutherland

W. Cowper, Life and Works, ed. R. Southey, 1836-7, iv. 170 (Johnson, Lives, ii. 203). The poem was also a favourite with Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Even in old age she could repeat it by heart.

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