William Cowper Quotes

Drink, and be mad, then; 'tis your country bids! Gloriously drunk, obey th'important call!
William Cowper (1731-1800), British poet. repr. In Poetical Works, ed. H.S. Milford (1934). The Task, bk. 4, l. 509-10 (1785).
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The parson knows enough who knows a duke.
William Cowper (1731-1800), British poet. repr. In Poetical Works, ed. H.S. Milford (1934). Tirocinium, l. 403 (1785).
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The twentieth year is well-nigh past; Since first our sky was overcast, Ah would that this might be the last! My Mary! Thy spirits have a fainter flow, I see thee daily weaker grow— 'Twas my distress that brought thee low, My Mary! Thy needles, once a shining store, For my sake restless heretofore, Now rust disus'd, and shine no more, My Mary!
William Cowper (1731-1800), British poet. To Mary (l. 1-12). . . New Oxford Book of Eighteenth Century Verse, The. Roger Lonsdale, ed. (1984) Oxford University Press.
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There is a Book By seraphs writ with beams of heavenly light, On which the eyes of God not rarely look, A chronicle of actions just and bright— There all thy deeds, my faithful Mary, shine; And since thou own'st that praise, I spare thee mine.
William Cowper (1731-1800), British poet. To Mary Unwin (l. 9-14). . . 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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Religion! what treasure untold Resides in that heavenly word!
William Cowper (1731-1800), British poet. repr. In Poetical Works, ed. H.S. Milford (1934). Verses Supposed to be Written by Alexander Selkirk, l. 25-6 (1782).
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I am monarch of all I survey; My right there is none to dispute; From the center all round to the sea I am lord of the fowl and the brute. O Solitude! where are the charms That sages have seen in thy face? Better dwell in the midst of alarms, Than reign in this horrible place.
William Cowper (1731-1800), British poet. Verses Supposed to Be Written by Alexander Selkirk during His Solitary Abode on the Island of Juan Fernandez (l. 1-8). . . New Oxford Book of Eighteenth Century Verse, The. Roger Lonsdale, ed. (1984) Oxford University Press.
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When I think of my own native land, In a moment I seem to be there; But alas! recollection at hand Soon hurries me back to despair.
William Cowper (1731-1800), British poet. Verses Supposed to Be Written by Alexander Selkirk during His Solitary Abode on the Island of Juan Fernandez (l. 45-48). . . New Oxford Book of Eighteenth Century Verse, The. Roger Lonsdale, ed. (1984) Oxford University Press.
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Oh! for a closer walk with God, A calm and heav'nly frame; A light to shine upon the road That leads me to the Lamb!
William Cowper (1731-1800), British poet. Walking with God (l. 1-4). . . New Oxford Book of Eighteenth Century Verse, The. Roger Lonsdale, ed. (1984) Oxford University Press.
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Once more I would adopt the graver style— A teacher should be sparing of his smile.
William Cowper (1731-1800), British poet. repr. In Poetical Works, ed. H.S. Milford (1934). Charity, l. 489-90 (1782).
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Pernicious weed! whose scent the fair annoys, Unfriendly to society's chief joys.
William Cowper (1731-1800), British poet. repr. In Poetical Works, ed. H.S. Milford (1934). Conversation, l. 251-2 (1782).
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