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ABRAHAM COWLEY
English poet
(1618 - 1667)
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Thus each extreme to equal danger tends,
  Plenty, as well as Want, can separate friends.
      - Davideis (bk. III, l. 205) [Extremes]

Stones of small worth may lie unseen by day,
  But night itself does the rich gem betray.
      - Davideis (bk. III, l. 37) [Jewels]

Nay, in death's hand, the grape-stone proves
  As strong as thunder is in Jove's.
      - Elegy upon Anacreon (l. 106) [Grapes]

This only grant me, that my means may lie
  Too low for envy, for contempt too high.
      - Essays in Prose and Verse--Of Myself,
        (translation of Horace) [Moderation]

His time's forever, everywhere his place.
      - Friendship in Absence (st. 3) [Time]

Enjoy the present hour, be thankful for the past,
  And neither fear nor wish th' approaches of the last.
      - Imitations--Martial (bk. X, ep. XLVII)
        [Contentment]

Money was made, not to command our will,
  But all out lawful pleasure to fulfil.
    Shame and woe to use, if we our wealth obey;
      The horse doth with the horseman run away.
      - Imitations--Tenth Epistle of Horace
         (bk. I, l. 75) [Money]

Life for delays and doubts no time does give,
  None ever yet made haste enough to live.
      - Martial (lib. II, XC) [Life]

Vain, weak-built isthmus, which dost proudly rise
  Up between two eternities!
      - Ode on Life and Fame (l. 18) [Eternity]

Hence ye profane; I hate ye all;
  Both the great vulgar, and the small.
      - Of Greatness,
        translation of Horace, ode I, bk. III
        [Proverbs : Public]

Books should, not Business, entertain the Light;
  And Sleep, as undisturb'd as Death, the Night.
      - Of Myself [Books]

The Sunflow'r, thinking 'twas for him foul shame
  To nap by daylight, strove t' excuse the blame;
    It was not sleep that made him nod, he said,
      But too great weight and largeness of his head.
      - Of Plants
         (bk. IV, Of Flowers, The Poppy, l. 102)
        [Sunflowers]

His faith, perhaps, in some nice tenets might
  Be wrong; his life, I'm sure, was in the right.
      - On the Death of Crashaw (l. 55)
        [Faith : Life]

Poets by Death are conquer'd but the wit
  Of poets triumphs over it.
      - On the Praise of Poetry (ode I, l. 13)
        [Poets]

Who lets slip fortune, her shall never find:
  Occasion once past by, is bald behind.
      - Pyramus and Thisbe (XV) [Opportunity]

Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise,
  He who defers this work from day to day,
    Does on a river's bank expecting stay,
      Till the whole stream, which stopped him, should be gone,
        That runs, and as it runs, for ever will run on.
      - The Danger of Procrastination [Time]

Hope! of all ills that men endure,
  The only cheap and universal cure.
      - The Mistress--For Hope [Hope]

What shall I do to be forever known,
  And make the age to come my own?
      - The Motto (l. 1) [Fame]

Words that weep, and tears that speak.
      - The Prophet (st. 2, l. 8) [Tears : Words]

Ah, yet, e'er I descend to th' grave,
  May I a small House and a 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 belov'd and loving me.
      - The Wish (st. 2) [Possession]

Life is an incurable disease.
      - To Dr. Scarborough [Life]

For the whole world, without a native home,
  Is nothing but a prison of larger room.
      - To the Bishop of Lincoln (l. 27) [Home]

We griev'd, we sigh'd, we wept; we never blushed before.
      - Works (p. 60),
        (1693 ed.), a discourse concerning the government of Oliver Cromwell
        [Blushes]


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