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On the Promotion of EDWARD THURLOW, Esq. to the Lord High Chancellorship of ENGLAND.
[ed.] "Edward Thurlow (1731–1806) became friends with Cowper in 1751, when both were studying law under the aegis of Mr. Chapman, and their association continued until Cowper's departure from London in 1763. It is far from certain that 'th'experienc'd and the sage' of those years foresaw a great future for the young Thurlow—he had been sent down from Cambridge for idleness and insubordination; nor can many have perceived grace in a man notorious for his brutal manners. He became Lord High Chancellor and Baron Thurlow of Ashfield, Sussex, on 3 June 1778". (Baird/Ryskamp [1980-95], vol. 1, 405.) (AH)

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1 ROUND Thurlow's head in early youth,
2 And in his sportive days,
3 Fair science pour'd the light of truth,
4 And genius shed his rays.
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5 See! with united wonder, cry'd
6 Th' experienc'd and the sage,
7 Ambition in a boy supplied
8 With all the skill of age.
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9 Discernment, eloquence and grace,
10 Proclaim him born to sway
11 The balance in th' highest place,
12 And bear the palm away.
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13 The praise bestow'd was just and wise,
14 He sprang impetuous forth,
15 Secure of conquest where the prize
16 Attends superior worth.
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17 So the best courser on the plain
18 E'er yet he starts is known,
19 And does but at the goal obtain
20 What all had deem'd his own.

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Title (in Source Edition): On the Promotion of EDWARD THURLOW, Esq. to the Lord High Chancellorship of ENGLAND.
Themes: politics
Genres: eulogy

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Poems: by William Cowper, of the Inner Temple, Esq. London: printed for J. Johnson, 1782, pp. 309-310. [4],367,[1]p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T14895; OTA K027775.000)

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