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WILLIAM COWPER
English poet
(1731 - 1800)
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Who ever keeps an open ear
  For tattlers, will be sure to hear
    The trumpet of contention;
      Aspersion is the babbler's trade,
        To listen is to lend him aid,
          And rush into dissension.
      - [Tattling]

Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse, too.
      - [Gardens]

Whoso seeks an audit here
  Propitious, pays his tribute, game or fish,
    Wild fowl or venison, and his errand speeds.
      - [Corruption]

With oaths like rivets forced into your brain.
      - [Oaths]

Wretch even then, life's journey just begun.
      - [Wretched]

Yon ancient prude, whose wither'd features show
  She might be young some forty years ago,
    Her elbows pinion'd close upon her hips,
      Her head erect, her fan upon her lips,
        Her eyebrows arch'd, her eyes both gone astray
          To watch yon amorous couple in their play,
            With bony and unkerchief'd neck defies
              The rude inclemency of wintry skies,
                And sails, with lappet-head and mincing airs,
                  Duly at chink of bell to morning prayers.
      - [Prudery]

Your Lordship and your Grace, what school can teach
  A rhetoric equal to those parts of speech?
    What need of Homer's verse, or Tully's prose,
      Sweet interjections! if he learn but those?
        Let rev'rend churls his ignorance rebuke,
          Who starve upon a dog's ear'd Pentateuch,
            The Parson knows enough who knows a Duke.
      - [Clergymen]

Fate steals along with silent tread,
  Found oftenest in what least we dread;
    Frowns in the storm with angry brow,
      But in the sunshine strikes the blow.
      - A Fable--Moral [Fate]

'Tis Providence alone secures
  In every change both mine and yours.
      - A Fable--Moral [Providence]

Words pregnant with celestial fire.
      - Boadicea (33) [Fire]

When one that holds communion with the skies
  Has fill'd his urn where these pure waters rise,
    And once more mingles with us meaner things,
      'Tis e'en as if an angel shook his wings.
      - Charity (l. 439) [Angels]

Unless a love of virtue light the flame,
  Satire is, more than those he brands, to blame;
    He hides behind a magisterial air
      He own offences, and strips others' bare.
      - Charity (l. 490) [Satire]

All zeal for a reform, that gives offence
  To peace and charity, is mere pretence.
      - Charity (l. 533) [Reform]

True Charity, a plant divinely nurs'd.
      - Charity (l. 573) [Charity]

Did Charity prevail, the press would prove
  A vehicle of virtue, truth, and love.
      - Charity (l. 624) [Journalism]

And spare the poet for his subject's sake.
      - Charity (last line) [Poets]

Discourse may want an animated "No"
  To brush the surface, and to make it flow;
    But still remember, if you mean to please,
      To press your point with modesty and ease.
      - Conversation (l. 101) [Eloquence]

He would not, with a peremptory tone,
  Assert the nose upon his face his own.
      - Conversation (l. 121) [Doubt]

A moral, sensible, and well-bred man
  Will not affront me, and no other can.
      - Conversation (l. 193) [Courtesy : Manners]

A story, in which native humour reigns,
  Is often useful, always entertains;
    A graver fact, enlisted on your side,
      May furnish illustration, well applied;
        But sedentary weavers of long tales
          Give me the fidgets, and my patience fails.
      - Conversation (l. 203) [Story Telling]

The pipe, with solemn interposing puff,
  Makes half a sentence at a time enough;
    The dozing sages drop the drowsy strain,
      Then pause, and puff--and speak, and pause again.
      - Conversation (l. 245) [Tobacco]

Pernicious weed! whose scent the fair annoys
  Unfriendly to society's chief joys,
    Thy worst effect is banishing for hours
      The sex whose presence civilizes ours.
      - Conversation (l. 251) [Tobacco]

I cannot talk with civet in the room
  A fine puss gentleman that's all perfume.
      - Conversation (l. 283) [Perfume]

The solemn fog; significant and budge;
  A fool with judges, amongst fools a judge.
      - Conversation (l. 299) [Folly]

His wit invites you by his looks to come,
  But when you knock, it never is at home.
      - Conversation (l. 303) [Wit]


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