William Cowper

William Cowper

William Cowper (26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800) was an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time, Cowper changed the direction of 18th century nature poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside. In many ways, he was one of the forerunners of Romantic poetry.

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Remorse the fatal egg that pleasure laid.

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.

Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.

The innocent seldom find an uncomfortable pillow.

No one was ever scolded out of their sins.

Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too.

No wild enthusiast could rest till half the world like him was possessed.

Knowledge is proud that it knows so much, wisdom is humble that it knows no more.

It chills my blood to hear the blest Supreme Rudely appealed to on each trifling theme.

Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon their knees.

Glory built on selfish principles is shame and guilt.

The earth was made so various that the mind Of desultory man studious of change And pleased with novelty might be indulged.

The parson knows enough who knows a Duke.

Nature is a good name for an effect whose cause is God.

They whom truth and wisdom lead can gather honey from a weed.

A fool must now and then be right by chance.

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