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WILLIAM COWPER
English poet
(1731 - 1800)
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All learned, and all drunk!
      - Task (bk. IV, l. 478) [Intemperance]

He comes, the herald of a noisy world,
  With spatter'd boots, strapp'd waist, and frozen locks;
    News from all nations lumbering at his back.
      - Task (bk. IV, l. 5) [Journalism]

Ten thousand casks,
  Forever dribbling out their base contents,
    Touch'd by the Midas finger of the state,
      Bleed gold for ministers to sport away.
        Drink, and be mad then; 'tis your country bids!
      - Task (bk. IV, l. 504) [Wine and Spirits]

Gloriously drunk, obey the important call.
      - Task (bk. IV, l. 510) [Intemperance]

What is it but a map of busy life,
  Its fluctuations, and its vast concerns?
      - Task (bk. IV, l. 55) [Life]

On the summit see,
  The seals of office glitter in his eyes;
    He climbs, he pants, he grasps them! At his heels,
      Close at his heels, a demagogue ascends,
        And with a dexterous jerk soon twists him down,
          And wins them, but to lose them in his turn.
      - Task (bk. IV, l. 58) [Ambition]

He stands erect; his slouch becomes a walk;
  He steps right onward, martial in his air,
    His form and movement.
      - Task (bk. IV, l. 638) [Soldiers]

'Tis pleasant, through the loopholes of retreat,
  To peep at such a world; to see the stir
    Of the Great Babel, and not feel the crowd.
      - Task (bk. IV, l. 88) [World]

With spots quadrangular of diamond form,
  Ensanguined hearts, clubs typical of strife,
    And spades, the emblems of untimely graves.
      - Task (bk. IV, The Winter Evening, l. 217)
        [Cards]

In indolent vacuity of thought.
      - Task (bk. IV, The Winter Evening, l. 297)
        [Thought]

Silently as a dream the fabric rose;
  No sound of hammer or of saw was there.
      - Task (bk. V, l. 144) [Architecture]

The town is man's world, but this (country life) is of God.
      - Task (bk. V, l. 16) [Country Life]

But war's a game, which, were their subjects wise,
  Kings would not play at.
      - Task (bk. V, l. 187) [War]

Such dupes are men to custom, and so prone
  To rev'rence what is ancient, and can plead
    A course of long observance for its use,
      That even servitude, the worst of ills,
        Because deliver'd down from sire to son,
          Is kept and guarded as a sacred thing!
      - Task (bk. V, l. 298) [Custom]

We are his,
  To serve him nobly in the common cause,
    True to the death, but not to be his slaves.
      - Task (bk. V, l. 340) [Service]

Out love is principle, and has its root
  In reason, is judicious, manly, free.
      - Task (bk. V, l. 353) [Love]

'Tis liberty alone that gives the flower
  Of fleeting life its lustre and perfume;
    And we are weeds without it.
      - Task (bk. V, l. 446) [Liberty]

The still small voice is wanted.
      - Task (bk. V, l. 687) [Conscience]

He is the freeman whom the truth makes free,
  And all are slaves besides.
      - Task (bk. V, l. 733) [Freedom]

Acquaint thyself with God, if thou would'st taste
  His works. Admitted once to his embrace,
    Thou shalt perceive that thou wast blind before:
      Thine eye shall be instructed; and thine heart
        Made pure shall relish with divine delight
          Till then unfelt, what hands divine have wrought.
      - Task (bk. V, l. 782) [God]

Then liberty, like day,
  Breaks on the soul, and by a flash from Heaven
    Fires all the faculties with glorious joy.
      - Task (bk. V, l. 882) [Liberty]

The beggarly last doit.
      - Task
         (bk. V, The Winter Morning Walk, l. 126)
        [Poverty]

All has its date below; the fatal hour
  Was register'd in Heav'n ere time began.
    We turn to dust, and all our mightiest works
      Die too.
      - Task
         (bk. V, The Winter Morning Walk, l. 540)
        [Death]

But who with filial confidence inspired,
  Can lift to Heaven an unpresumptuous eye,
    And smiling say, My Father made them all.
      - Task
         (bk. V, The Winter Morning Walk, l. 745)
        [God]

An inadvertent step may crush the snail
  That crawls at evening in the public path.
    But he that has humanity, forewarned,
      Will turn aside and let the reptile live.
      - Task (bk. VI) [Humanity]


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