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WILLIAM COWPER
English poet
(1731 - 1800)
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A Christian's wit is offensive light,
  A beam that aids, but never grieves the sight;
    Vig'rous in age as in the flush of youth,
      'Tis always active on the side of truth.
      - [Wit]

A fool may now and then be right by chance.
      - [Fools]

A fool must now and then be right by chance.
      - [Folly : Proverbs]

A fool with judges, amongst fools a judge.
      - [Fools]

A lawyer's dealings should be just and fair;
  Honesty shines with great advantage there.
      - [Lawyers]

A life of ease is a difficult pursuit.
      - [Ease]

A snug and friendly game at cards.
      - [Cards]

Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.
      - [Absence]

Accomplishments have taken virtue's place, and wisdom falls before exterior grace.
      - [Wisdom]

Adored through fear, strong only to destroy.
      - [Adore]

Alas! if my best Friend, who laid down His life for me, were to remember all the instances in which I have neglected Him, and to plead them against me in judgment, where should I hide my guilty head in the day of recompense? I will pray, therefore, for blessings on my friends, even though they cease to be so, and upon my enemies, though they continue such.
      - [Forgiveness]

All affectation; 'tis my perfect scorn;
  Object of my implacable disgust.
      - [Affectation]

All truth is precious, if not all divine; and what dilates the powers must needs refine.
      - [Truth]

Am I to set my life upon a throw,
  Because a bear is rude and surly? No--
    A moral, sensible, and well-bred man,
      Will not affront me, and no other can.
      - [Affront]

And in that charter reads with sparkling eyes,
  Her title to a treasure in the skies.
      - [Bible]

Behold the picture! Is it like? Like whom?
  The things that mount the rostrum with a skip
    And then skip down again. Pronounce a text,
      Cry hem; and reading what they never wrote,
        Just fifteen minutes huddle up their work,
          And with a well-bred whisper close the scene.
      - [Clergymen]

Blest be the art that can immortalize,--the art that baffles time's tyrannic claim to quench it.
      - [Painting]

Books are not seldom talismans and spells.
      - [Books]

Built God a church and laughed His word to scorn.
      - [Churches]

But poverty, with most who whimper forth
  Their long complaints, is self-inflicted woe;
    The effect of laziness, or sottish write.
      - [Poverty]

But slaves that once conceive the glowing thought
  Of freedom, in that hope itself possess
    All that the contest calls for; spirit, strength,
      The scorn of danger, and united hearts,
        The surest presage of the good they seek.
      - [Liberty]

But, oh, Thou bounteous Giver of all good, Thou art, of all Thy gifts, Thyself thy crown!
      - [God]

"Can this be true"? an arch observer cries,--
  "Yes," rather moved, "I saw it with these eyes."
    "Sir! I believe it on that ground alone;
      I could not had I seen it with my own."
      - [Truth]

Come, evening, once again, season of peace;
  Return, sweet evening, and continue long!
    Methinks I see thee in the streaky west,
      With matron step, slow moving, while the night
        Treads on thy sweeping train; one hand employ'd
          In letting fall the curtain of repose
            On bird and beast, the other charged for man
              With sweet oblivion of the cares of day.
      - [Evening]

Doing nothing with a deal of skill.
      - [Idleness]


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