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By Anonym 15 Sep

William Cowper

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Cowper

Sacred interpreter of human thought, How few respect or use thee as they ought! But all shall give account of every wrong, Who dare dishonor or defile the tongue; Who prostitute it in the cause of vice, Or sell their glory at a market-price!

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William Cowper

Toil for the brave! The brave that are no more.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Cowper

I pity them greatly, but I must be mum, for how could we do without sugar and rum?

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William Cowper

All zeal for a reform, that gives offence To peace and charity, is mere pretence.

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William Cowper

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!

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Cowper

Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast, Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa around, And while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn Throws up a steamy column, and the cups That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each, So let us welcome peaceful evening in

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Cowper

I pity bashful men, who feel the pain Of fancied scorn and undeserved disdain, And bear the marks upon a blushing face, OF needless shame, and self-impos'd disgrace.

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William Cowper

There is in souls a sympathy with sounds.

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William Cowper

They fix attention, heedless of your pain, With oaths like rivets forced into the brain; And e'en when sober truth prevails throughout, They swear it, till affirmance breeds a doubt.

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William Cowper

Some people are more nice than wise.

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William Cowper

Anticipated rents, and bills unpaid, Force many a shining youth into the shade, Not to redeem his time, but his estate, And play the fool, but at the cheaper rate.

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William Cowper

The kindest and the happiest pair Will find occasion to forbear; And something, every day they live, To pity, and perhaps forgive.

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William Cowper

How soft the music of those village bells, Falling at interval upon the ear In cadence sweet; now dying all away, Now pealing loud again, and louder still, Clear and sonorous, as the gale comes on! With easy force it opens all the cells Where Memory slept.

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Cowper

Oh to have a lodge in some vast wilderness. Where rumors of oppression and deceit, of unsuccessful and successful wars may never reach me anymore.

By Anonym 15 Sep

William Cowper

Variety's the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor.

By Anonym 15 Sep

William Cowper

But it is a sort of April-weather life that we lead in this world. A little sunshine is generally the prelude to a storm.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Cowper

A moral, sensible, and well-bred manWill not affront me, and no other can.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Cowper

Great contest follows, and much learned dust Involves the combatants; each claiming truth, And truth disclaiming both.

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William Cowper

How shall I speak thee, or thy power address Thou God of our idolatry, the Press. . . . . Like Eden's dead probationary tree, Knowledge of good and evil is from thee.

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William Cowper

Habits are soon assumed; but when we strive to strip them off, 'tis being flayed alive.

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William Cowper

Truth is the golden girdle of the globe.

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Cowper

The bird that flutters least is longest on the wing.

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William Cowper

No, Freedom has a thousand charms to show That slaves, howe'er contented, never know.

By Anonym 15 Sep

William Cowper

Ye therefore who love mercy, teach your sons to love it, too.

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William Cowper

Some drill and bore The solid earth, and from the strata there Extract a register, by which we learn, That he who made it, and reveal'd its date To Moses, was mistaken in its age.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Cowper

A fool must now and then be right, by chance

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William Cowper

When from soft love proceeds the deep distress, ah! why forbid the willing tears to flow?

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William Cowper

She that asks Her dear five hundred friends, contemns them all, And hates their coming.

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William Cowper

Riches have wings, and grandeur is a dream.

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William Cowper

Remorse begets reform.

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William Cowper

The man that dares traduce, because he can with safety to himself, is not a man.

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Cowper

Most satirists are indeed a public scourge; Their mildest physic is a farrier's purge; Their acrid temper turns, as soon as stirr'd, The milk of their good purpose all to curd. Their zeal begotten, as their works rehearse, By lean despair upon an empty purse.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Cowper

Absence of occupation is not rest.

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William Cowper

And the tear that is wiped with a little address, May be follow'd perhaps by a smile.

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William Cowper

Pleasure is labour too, and tires as much.

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William Cowper

... she, that will with kittens jest, Should bear a kitten's joke.

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William Cowper

But many a crime deemed innocent on earth Is registered in Heaven; and these no doubt Have each their record, with a curse annex'd.

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William Cowper

We sacrifice to dress till household joys and comforts cease. Dress drains our cellar dry, and keeps our larder lean.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Cowper

In the vast, and the minute, we see The unambiguous footsteps of the God, Who gives its lustre to an insect's wing And wheels His throne upon the rolling worlds.

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Cowper

The darkest day, if you live till tomorrow, will have passed away.

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William Cowper

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

William Cowper

The only amarantine flower on earth Is virtue.

By Anonym 19 Sep

William Cowper

Variety's the very spice of life, that gives it all it's flavour.

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William Cowper

Ye fearful saints fresh courage take, The clouds you so much dread Are big with mercy and shall break, With blessings on your head

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William Cowper

When I thinkof my own native land, In a moment I seem to be there; But alas! recollection at hand Soon hurries me back to despair.

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William Cowper

Would I describe a preacher, I would express him simple, grave, sincere; In doctrine uncorrupt; in language plain, And plain in manner; decent, solemn, chaste, And natural in gesture; much impress'd Himself, as conscious of his awful charge, And anxious mainly that the flock he feeds May feel it too; affectionate in look, And tender in address, as well becomes A messenger of grace to guilty men.

By Anonym 15 Sep

William Cowper

We bear our shades about us; self-deprived Of other screen, the thin umbrella spread, And range an Indian waste without a tree.

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Cowper

That good diffused may more abundant grow.

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Cowper

Strange as it may seem, the most ludicrous lines I ever wrote have been written in the saddest mood.