Abraham Cowley Quotes

Thy soul and body, when death's agony Besieged around thy noble heart, Did not with more reluctance part Than I, my dearest Friend, do part from thee.
Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), British poet. On the Death of Mr. William Hervey (l. 13-16). . . Seventeenth-Century Verse and Prose, Vols. I-II. Vol. I: 1600-1660; Vol. II: 1660-1700. Helen C. White, Ruth C. Wallerstein, and Ricardo Quintana, eds. (1951, 1952) The Macmillan Company.
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God the first garden made, and the first city Cain.
Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), British essayist, poet. The Garden, Essays in Verse and Prose (1668).
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Happy Insect, happy Thou, Dost neither Age, nor Winter know. But when thou'st drunk, and danc'd, and sung Thy fill, the flowry Leaves among, (Voluptuous, and Wise withal, Epicurean Animal!) Satiated with thy Summer Feast, Thou retir'st to endless Rest.
Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), British poet. The Grasshopper (l. 27-34). . . Seventeenth-Century Verse and Prose, Vols. I-II. Vol. I: 1600-1660; Vol. II: 1660-1700. Helen C. White, Ruth C. Wallerstein, and Ricardo Quintana, eds. (1951, 1952) The Macmillan Company.
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How could it be so fair, and you away? How could the Trees be beauteous, Flowers so gay? Could they remember but last year, How you did Them, They you delight, The sprouting leaves which saw you here, And call'd their Fellows to the sight, Would, looking round for the same sight in vain, Creep back into their silent Barks again.
Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), British poet. The Mistress (l. 41-50). . . Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse, The. H. J. C. Grierson and G. Bullough, eds. (1934) Oxford University Press.
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Ah, yet, ere I descend to the grave, May I a small house and large garden have; And a few friends, and many books, both true, Both wise, and both delightful too! And since love ne'er will from me flee, A mistress moderately fair, And good as guardian angels are, Only beloved and loving me.
Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), British poet. The Mistress (l. 41-50). . . Seventeenth-Century Verse and Prose, Vols. I-II. Vol. I: 1600-1660; Vol. II: 1660-1700. Helen C. White, Ruth C. Wallerstein, and Ricardo Quintana, eds. (1951, 1952) The Macmillan Company.
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Fair Hope! our earlier Heaven! by thee Young Time is taster to Eternity. The generous wine with age grows strong, not sour, Nor need we kill thy fruit to smell thy flower. Thy golden head never hangs down Till in the lap of Love's full noon It falls and dies: Oh no, it melts away As doth the dawn into the day, As lumps of sugar lose themselves, and twine Their subtle essence with the soul of wine.
Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), British poet. The Mistress (l. 41-50). . . Seventeenth-Century Verse and Prose, Vols. I-II. Vol. I: 1600-1660; Vol. II: 1660-1700. Helen C. White, Ruth C. Wallerstein, and Ricardo Quintana, eds. (1951, 1952) The Macmillan Company.
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Oh take my Heart, and by that means you'll prove Within too stor'd enough of Love: Give me but Yours, I'll by that change so thrive, That Love in all my parts shall live. So powerful is this change, it render can, My outside Woman, and your inside Man.
Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), British poet. The Mistress (l. 41-50). . . Seventeenth-Century Verse and Prose, Vols. I-II. Vol. I: 1600-1660; Vol. II: 1660-1700. Helen C. White, Ruth C. Wallerstein, and Ricardo Quintana, eds. (1951, 1952) The Macmillan Company.
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Lukewarmness I account a sin, As great in love as in religion.
Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), British essayist, poet. The Mistress, "The Request," (1647).
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Foolish prater, What dost thou So early at my window do? Cruel bird, thou'st ta'en away A dream out of my arms to-day; A dream that ne'er must equall'd be By all that waking eyes may see. Thou this damage to repair Nothing half so sweet and fair, Nothing half so good, canst bring, Tho' men say thou bring'st the Spring.
Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), British poet. The Swallow (l. 1-10). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
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