Abounding Grace: a Poem... by [T., M.]

Abounding Grace: a Poem... by [T., M.]

~ Abounding Grace: a Poem... Taunton: Printed by William Norris, 1775.

8vo (205 × 115 mm), pp. 74; typographical ornaments; rather browned and dusty with one dog-eared leaf; preserved (title and final leaf mounted at inner margin) in modern quarter morocco; library stamps (4, one marked ‘withdrawn’) of the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society, Taunton Castle.

Sole edition of a rare Somerset imprint, the confessions of a sinner (‘By passion govern’d, and by lust enslav’d’), reformed after hearing the sermon of a certain ‘Rev. Mr. D’. Written in the manner of Milton’s Sampson Agonistes it details the author’s life of corruption in London, including a sustained attack on the theatres as: ‘... Domes of vice, with vot’ries ever thronged / Where mimic sorrow whines her unfelt woes, / And empty plaudits shake the laughing scenes...’ The verses ‘To the Author’ are signed ‘M.T.’ The title bears the quotation from Young: ‘Starting I woke, and found myself undone.’ Jackson, p. 35; ESTC: BL, Cambridge, Oxford (Regent’s Park College) and Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society; no US copies.

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