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THE TASK:

A POEM IN SIX BOOKS.

BY

WILLIAM COWPER,

or THE INNER TEMPLE, ESQ.

PHILADELPHIA :

PUBLISHED BY BENNETT AND WALTON,

NO. 31, MARKET-STREET.

J. Rakestraw, Trinter.

1811.

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THE history of the following production is briefly this.... A lady, fond of blank verse, demanded a poem of that kind from the author, and gave him the Sofa for a subject. He obeyed; and, hav. ing much leisure, connected another subject with it; and, pursuing the train of thought to which his situation and turn of mind led him, brought forth at length, instead of the trifle which he at first intended, a serious affair....a Volume !

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