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WILLIAM COWPER
English poet
(1731 - 1800)
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But truths on which depends our main concern,
  That 'tis our shame and misery not to learn,
    Shine by the side of every path we tread
      With such a lustre he that runs may read.
      - Tirocinium (l. 77) [Reading]

The path of sorrow, and that path alone,
  Leads to the lands where sorrow is unknown.
      - To an Afflicted Protestant Lady [Sorrow]

They best can judge a poet's worth,
  Who oft themselves have known
    The pangs of a poetic birth
      By labours of their own.
      - To Dr. Darwin (st. 2) [Poets]

Greece, sound, thy Homer's, Rome thy Virgil's name,
  But England's Milton equals both in fame.
      - To John Milton [Poets]

Without one friend, above all foes,
  Britannia gives the world repose.
      - To Sir Joshua Reynolds [England]

And he by no uncommon lot
  Was famed for virtues he had not.
      - To the Rev. William Bull (l. 19) [Virtue]

If hindrances obstruct the way,
  Thy magnanimity display.
    And let thy strength be seen:
      But O, if Fortune fill thy sail
        With more than a propitious gale,
          Take half thy canvas in.
      - Translation of Horace (bk. II, ode 10)
        [Fortune]

The sounding jargon of the schools.
      - Truth (l. 367) [Teaching]

His mind his kingdom, and his will his law.
      - Truth (l. 405) [Mind]

How fleet is a glance of the mind!
  Compared with the speed of its flight,
    The tempest itself lags behind,
      And the swift-winged arrows of light.
      - Verses supposed to be written by Alexander Selkirk
        [Mind]

I am monarch of all I survey,
  My right there is none to dispute,
    From the centre all round to the sea,
      I am lord of the fowl and the brute.
      - Verses supposed to be written by Alexander Selkirk
        [Royalty]

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.
      - Verses supposed to be written by Alexander Selkirk
        [Solitude]

What peaceful hours I once enjoy'd!
  How sweet their memory still!
    But they have left an aching void
      The world can never fill.
      - Walking with God [Memory]

He whistles as he goes, light-hearted wretch,
  Cold and yet cheerful; messenger of grief
    Perhaps to thousands, and of joy to some.
      - Winter Evening (bk. IV, l. 12),
        of the postman [Post]

A kick that scarce would move a horse,
  May kill a sound divine.
      - Yearly Distress (st. 16) [Preaching]

The priest he merry is, and blithe
  Three-quarters of a year,
    But oh! it cuts him like a scythe
      When tithing time draws near.
      - Yearly Distress (st. 2) [Preaching]


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