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Cowper, William    Poet's Biography
299 poems available by this author


A CARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Poor vestris, grieved beyond all measure
Last Line: And jump into the former favour.


A COMPARISON    Poem Text    
First Line: The lapse of time and rivers is the same
Last Line: Neglected, leaves a dreary waste behind.
Subject(s): Time


A COMPARISON [ADDRESSED] TO A YOUNG LADY    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweet stream that winds through yonder glade
Last Line: And heaven reflected in her face.
Variant Title(s): The Stream;to A Young Lady;addressed To A Young Lady
Subject(s): Brooks; Youth; Streams; Creeks


A FABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: A raven, while with glossy breast
Last Line: But in the sunshine strikes the blow.
Subject(s): Fate; Ravens; Destiny


A GOOD SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Here's a health to honest john bull
Last Line: Tis our pride, to be loyal and free.


A HYMN FOR A CHILD THAT HAS UNGODLY PARENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: How happy are those little ones
Last Line: And supplication heard.
Subject(s): Parents; Parenthood


A POETICAL EPISTLE TO LADY AUSTEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear anna - between friend and friend
Last Line: "a threefold cord is not soon broken."
Subject(s): Friendship


A REFLECTION ON ODES: BOOK II, 10 BY HORACE    Poem Text    
First Line: And is this all? Can reason do no more
Last Line: And, trusting in his god, surmounts them all.


A SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: The sparkling eye, the mantling cheek
Last Line: But glow with more prevailing heat.


A SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: On the green margin of the brook
Last Line: "ah! Thyrsis, I am won."


A SONG OF MERCY AND JUDGMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Lord, I love the habitation
Last Line: Sweet the grace which makes me thine.


A SONNET; ADDRESSED TO MR. PHILLIPS    Poem Text    
First Line: Phillips! The suff'rer less by law than pow'r
Last Line: Scorn is his meed, commiseration thine.
Subject(s): Censorship; Phillips, Sir Richard (1767-1840)


A TALE    Poem Text    
First Line: In scotland's realm, where trees are few
Last Line: Instruct us how to love!
Subject(s): Scotland


A TALE, FOUNDED ON A FACT WHICH HAPPENED IN JANUARY 1779    Poem Text    
First Line: Where humber pours his rich commercial stream
Last Line: "thy presence, thy embrace!""--he spoke, and died!"


A THUNDER STORM    Poem Text    
First Line: The sky begins to lower and thick'ning clouds
Last Line: And harmony once more revisits earth.


ADDRESSED TO MISS MACARTNEY, AFTERWARDS MRS. GREVILLE    Poem Text    
First Line: And dwells there in a female heart
Last Line: Or lively fancy guess.
Subject(s): Greville, Francis (Fanny) (1724-1789); Women


AGAINST INTERESTED LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Who does not blush when charged with selfish views
Last Line: A maxim all have stamp'd with their applause.


AN ADDRESS TO THE MOB ON OCCASION OF THE LATE RIOT ... HUGH PALLISER    Poem Text    
First Line: And is it thus, ye base and blind
Last Line: Who fought and would have died for you.
Subject(s): Palliser, Sir Hugh (1722-1796)


AN APOLOGY FOR NOT SHOWING HER WHAT I HAD WROTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Did not my muse (what can she less?)
Last Line: The terror of offending thee.


AN ATTEMPT AT THE MANNER OF WALLER    Poem Text    
First Line: Did not thy reason and thy sense
Last Line: Then scorn our freedom, and by choice obey.
Subject(s): Obedience; Waller, Edmund (1606-1687)


AN EPIGRAM IS BUT A FEEBLE THING       


AN EPISTLE TO AN AFFLICTED PROTESTANT LADY IN FRANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Madam, - a stranger's purpose in these lays
Last Line: And drought on all the drooping herbs around.


AN EPISTLE TO JOSEPH HILL, ESQ    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear joseph - five and twenty years ago
Last Line: Broadcloth without, and a warm heart within.
Subject(s): Friendship


AN EPISTLE TO ROBERT LLOYD, ESQ    Poem Text    
First Line: Tis not that I design to rob
Last Line: "tis ready polished from the mine."


AN EPITAPH    Poem Text    
First Line: Here lies one who never drew / blood himself, yet many slew
Last Line: Pointer to sir john throckmorton.
Subject(s): Buckinghamshire, England; Epitaphs


AN ODE: SECUNDEM ARTEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Shall I begin with ah, or oh?
Last Line: To bind the poet's brow, or please the critic's nose.


ANNUS MEMORABILIS, 1789    Poem Text    
First Line: I ransack'd, for a theme of song
Last Line: Who is beloved where never seen.


ANSWER TO STANZAS TO LADY HESKETH, BY CATHERINE FANSHAWE    Poem Text    
First Line: To be remembered thus is fame
Last Line: But never lodged so well.
Subject(s): Fame; Reputation


ANTI-THELYPHTHORA    Poem Text    
First Line: Airy del castro was as bold a knight
Last Line: The spot he loathed so much for ever cleansed away.


AWAY GOES SUSSEX WILLIAM WITH HIS PACK       


BEAU'S REPLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Sir, when I flew to seize the bird
Last Line: With verse addressed to me?
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


BID ADIEU, MY SAD HEART, BID ADIEU TO THY PEACE       


BOADICEA; AN ODE    Poem Text    
First Line: When the british warrior queen
Last Line: "shame and ruin wait for you!"
Subject(s): Boudicca (D. 60 A.d.); Great Britain - Roman Conquest; Boudica; Boadicea


CATHARINA: SECOND PART; ON HER MARRIAGE TO GEORGE COURTENAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Believe it or not, as you chuse
Last Line: How soon I can make her a mother
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


CATHARINA; ADDRESSED TO MISS STAPLETON (MRS. COURTENAY)    Poem Text    
First Line: She came - she is gone - we have met
Last Line: Might we view her enjoying it here.


CHARITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Fairest and foremost of the train that wait
Last Line: And spare the poet for his subject sake.
Subject(s): Charity; Philanthropy


CONVERSATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Though nature weigh our talents, and dispense
Last Line: It sounds jehovah's name, and pours his praise along.
Subject(s): Friendship


CUM RATIONE INSANIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am a caledonian born
Last Line: You, my good friend, or I.
Subject(s): Treason & Traitors


DELIA, THE UNKINDEST GIRL ON EARTH       


EPIGRAM    Poem Text    
First Line: To purify their wine some people bleed
Last Line: Good cause why planters never try their own.
Subject(s): Innocence


EPIGRAM ON HIS GARDEN SHED (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Beware of building! I intended
Last Line: Rough logs and thatch,--and thus it ended.


EPIGRAM ON HIS GARDEN SHED (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Instead of a pound or two, spending a mint
Last Line: At last out of doors, and have no house to live in.


EPITAPH ON A FREE BUT TAME REDBREAST    Poem Text    
First Line: These are not dew-drops, these are tears
Last Line: But always in a flame.
Subject(s): Robins


EPITAPH ON A HARE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here lies, whom hound did ne'er pursue, / nor swifter greyhound follow
Last Line: Must soon partake his grave.
Subject(s): Animals; Mourning; Rabbits; Bereavement; Hares


EPITAPH ON DR. JOHNSON    Poem Text    
First Line: Here johnson lies, a sage by all allowed
Last Line: By fame on earth, by glory in the skies!
Subject(s): Epitaphs


EPITAPH ON FOP, A DOG BELONGING TO LADY THROCKMORTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Though once a puppy, and though fop by name
Last Line: "and worn with vain pursuit man also dies."
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


EPITAPH ON MR. CHESTER, OF CHICHELEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Tears flow, and cease not, where the good man lies
Last Line: As husband, parent, brother, master, friend.


EPITAPH ON MRS. M. HIGGINS, OF WESTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Laurels may flourish round the conqueror's tomb
Last Line: And all those triumphs, mary, now are thine.


EXPOSTULATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Why weeps the muse for england? What appears
Last Line: Shall be my chosen theme, my glory to the last.


FRAGMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: He came to him in the extasy of pray'r
Last Line: How wonderful the lot design'd for him.


FRIENDSHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: What virtue, or what mental grace
Last Line: Or may my friend deceive me!
Subject(s): Friendship


GRATITUDE; ADDRESSED TO LADY HESKETH    Poem Text    
First Line: This cap, that so stately appears
Last Line: When I sing of the splendour of mine.


HEROISM    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a time when aetna's silent fire
Last Line: In britain's isle, beneath a george's reign.
Subject(s): Great Britain; Heroism; Heroes; Heroines


HOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Ask what is human life - the sage replies
Last Line: Repays their work--the gleaning only mine.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, LIKE THE SHORT-LIVED RAY THAT GLEAMS AWHILE       


HOW BLEST THE YOUTH WHOM FATE ORDAINS       


HUMAN FRAILITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Weak and irresolute is man
Last Line: Or all the toil is lost.
Subject(s): Mankind; Human Race


HYMN FOR THE USE OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL AT OLNEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Hear, lord, the song of praise and prayer
Last Line: Who placed us where it shines.
Subject(s): Religious Education; Sunday Schools; Yeshivas; Parochial Schools


IMPROMPTU ON READING THE CHAPTER ON POLYGAMY    Poem Text    
First Line: If john marries mary, and mary alone
Last Line: It can't be a match--'tis a bundle of matches.
Subject(s): Polygamy


IMPROMPTU ON WRITING A LETTER WITHOUT HAVING ANYTHING TO SAY    Poem Text    
First Line: So have I seen the maids in vain
Last Line: And what was work is changed to play.
Subject(s): Letters


IN A LETTER TO C.P. ESQ., ILL WITH RHEUMATISM    Poem Text    
First Line: Grant me the muse, ye gods! Whose humble flight
Last Line: And sheds soft slumbers on her votary's eyes.


IN A LETTER TO C.P., ESQ., IN IMITATION OF SHAKESPEARE    Poem Text    
First Line: Trust me, the meed of praise, dealt thriftily
Last Line: And comely guise of ornament disposed.
Subject(s): Dramatists; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Dramatists


IN A TIME OF GREAT HEAT; TO HAYLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah! Brother poet, send me of your shade!
Last Line: Despatched by sunshine, to the shades below.


IN MEMORY OF THE LATE JOHN THORNTON, ESQ    Poem Text    
First Line: Poets attempt the noblest task they can
Last Line: Its use and power exemplified in thee.


IN SEDITIONEM HORRENDAM    Poem Text    
First Line: False, cruel, disappointed, stung to the heart
Last Line: We always spare a coward on his knees.


INSCRIPTION FOR A MOSS-HOUSE IN THE SHRUBBERY AT WESTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Here, free from riot's hated noise
Last Line: And sweeten my repose.


INSCRIPTION FOR A STONE ERECTED AT SOWING OF A GROVE OF OAKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Other stones the era tell
Last Line: Stone at heart, and cannot grow,
Subject(s): Somerset, England


INSCRIPTION FOR A STONE ERECTED ON A SIMILIAR OCCASION    Poem Text    
First Line: Reader! Behold a monument
Last Line: Of a great burial here.


INSCRIPTION FOR AN ANTIQUE BUST OF HOMER    Poem Text    
First Line: The sculptor? - nameless, though once dear to fame
Last Line: But this man bears an everlasting name.
Subject(s): Sculpture & Sculptors


INSCRIPTION FOR AN HERMITAGE IN THE AUTHOR'S GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: This cabin, mary, in my sight appears
Last Line: Preliminary to--the last retreat.


INSCRIPTION FOR THE TOMB OF MR. HAMILTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Pause here, and think: a monitory rhyme
Last Line: "exclaims, ""prepare thee for an early shroud."


JINGLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The late dr. Jortin
Last Line: Have done into enhlish.
Subject(s): Jortin, John (1698-1770); Translating & Interpreting


LET BANISTER NOW LEND HIS AID       


LETTER IN VERSE    Poem Text    
First Line: If I write not to you
Last Line: Y@4rs obed@4ly stalking horse.


LINES ADDRESSED TO DR. DARWIN; AUTHOR OF THE BOTANIC GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Two poets, (poets by report)
Last Line: Unworthy of his own.
Subject(s): Darwin, Erasmus (1731-1802)


LINES AFTER THE MANNER OF HOMER ... OPENING OF A HAMPER    Poem Text    
First Line: The straw-stuffed hamper with his ruthless steel
Last Line: Of the fair mother of his friend--the rose.


LINES COMPOSED FOR A MEMORIAL OF ASHLEY COWPER, ESQ    Poem Text    
First Line: Farewell! Endued will that could engage
Last Line: Love shall be satisfied, and veil the rest.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


LINES FOR .. COLLECTION BY MISS PATTY, SISTER OF HANNAH MORE    Poem Text    
First Line: In vain to live from age to age
Last Line: W. Cowper.
Variant Title(s): Letter From Cowper To Newton


LINES WRITTEN ON A PAGE OF THE MONTHLY REVIEW    Poem Text    
First Line: These critics, who to faith no quarter grant
Last Line: Than christ's own servant, or that servant's master.
Subject(s): Critics & Criticism


LINES WRITTEN ON A WINDOW-SHUTTER AT WESTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Farewell, dear scenes, for ever closed to me
Last Line: Whose friend was god, but god swore not to aid me!


LOVE ABUSED    Poem Text    
First Line: What is there in the vale of life
Last Line: And sighs that heave a breaking heart.
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


METHINKS I SEE THEE DECENTLY ARRAY'D       


MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTION TO WILLIAM NORTHCOT    Poem Text    
First Line: Farewell! 'but not for ever,' hope replies
Last Line: Thou shalt not wither, nor I weep, again.
Variant Title(s): Epitaph To William Northcot


MOTTO ON THE KING'S CLOCK    Poem Text    
First Line: Slow comes the hour; its passing speed how great!
Last Line: Waiting to seize it--vigilantly wait!
Subject(s): Clocks; Time


MUTUAL FOREBEARANCE NECESSARY TO ... THE MARRIED STATE    Poem Text    
First Line: The lady thus addressed her spouse
Last Line: Or soon expels him if it is.
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


ODE ON READING RICHARDSON'S HISTORY OF SIR CHARLES GRANDISON    Poem Text    
First Line: Say, ye apostate and profane
Last Line: The hero, and the saint!
Subject(s): Richardson, Samuel (1689-1761)


ODE SUPPOSED TO BE WRITTEN ON THE MARRIAGE OF A FRIEND    Poem Text    
First Line: Thou magic lyre, whose fascinating sound
Last Line: And warm our fainting souls with energy divine.
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


ODE TO APOLLO; ON AN INK-GLASS ALMOST DRIED IN THE SUN    Poem Text    
First Line: Patron of all those luckless brains
Last Line: With equal grace below.
Subject(s): Apollo; Mythology - Classical


ODE TO PEACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Come, peace of mind, delightful guest!
Last Line: "farewell! We meet no more""?"
Subject(s): Despair


OF HIMSELF    Poem Text    
First Line: William was once a bashful youth
Last Line: E'er claim him for her own.
Subject(s): Cowper, William (1731-1800); Modesty; Poetry & Poets


OLNEY HYMNS: 1. WALKING WITH GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh! For a closer walk with god
Last Line: That leads me to the lamb.
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


OLNEY HYMNS: 10. THE FUTURE PEACE AND GLORY OF THE CHURCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Hear what god the lord hath spoken
Last Line: "god your everlasting light."
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


OLNEY HYMNS: 11. JEHOVAH OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: My god, how perfect are thy ways!
Last Line: The lord for ever mine.
Subject(s): Sin


OLNEY HYMNS: 12. EPHRAIM REPENTING    Poem Text    
First Line: My god, till I received thy stroke
Last Line: "he shall not seek in vain."
Subject(s): Ephraim (Bible)


OLNEY HYMNS: 13. THE COVENANT    Poem Text    
First Line: The lord proclaims his grace abroad!
Last Line: "begun and ended in my power."


OLNEY HYMNS: 14. JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH    Poem Text    
First Line: As birds their infant brood protect
Last Line: Thence?


OLNEY HYMNS: 15. PRAISE FOR THE FOUNTAIN OPENED    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a fountain filled with blood
Last Line: No other name but thine.
Subject(s): Fountains; God


OLNEY HYMNS: 16. THE SOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: Ye sons of earth prepare the plough
Last Line: Provide a fruitful place!
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


OLNEY HYMNS: 17. THE HOUSE OF PRAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: Thy mansion is the christian's heart
Last Line: I give thee what was thine before.


OLNEY HYMNS: 18. LOVEST THOU ME?    Poem Text    
First Line: Hark, my soul! It is the lord
Last Line: Oh for grace to love thee more!
Subject(s): Jesus Christ


OLNEY HYMNS: 19. CONTENTMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Fierce passions discompose the mind
Last Line: Have learned to be content.
Subject(s): Bible; Contentment; Religion; Mind, The; Theology


OLNEY HYMNS: 2. JEHOVAH-JIREH    Poem Text    
First Line: The saints should never be dismay'd
Last Line: But cannot come too late.


OLNEY HYMNS: 20. OLD-TESTAMENT GOSPEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Israel in ancient days
Last Line: To clearer light vouchsafed to me!


OLNEY HYMNS: 21. SARDIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Write to sardis,' saith the lord
Last Line: "and woe be to the rest!"
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


OLNEY HYMNS: 22. PRAYER FOR A BLESSING ON THE YOUNG    Poem Text    
First Line: Bestow, dear lord, upon our youth
Last Line: That jesus whom we preach.
Subject(s): Youth


OLNEY HYMNS: 23. PLEADING FOR AND WITH YOUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Sin has undone our wretched race
Last Line: "prepare to meet thy god!"
Subject(s): Sin; Youth


OLNEY HYMNS: 24. PRAYER FOR CHILDREN    Poem Text    
First Line: Gracious lord, our children see
Last Line: Stoop, and bear the brood away.
Subject(s): Children; Prayer; Childhood


OLNEY HYMNS: 25. JEHOVAH JESUS    Poem Text    
First Line: My song shall bless the lord of all
Last Line: Salvation's sure, and must be mine.


OLNEY HYMNS: 26. ON OPENING A PLACE FOR SOCIAL PRAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: Jesus, where'er thy people meet
Last Line: And make a thousand hearts thine own.
Variant Title(s): Ode: On Opening A Place For Social Prayer


OLNEY HYMNS: 27. WELCOME TO THE TABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the feast of heavenly wine
Last Line: And I shall see his face!


OLNEY HYMNS: 28. JESUS HASTENING TO SUFFER    Poem Text    
First Line: The saviour! What a noble flame
Last Line: And hasten to the skies.


OLNEY HYMNS: 29. EXHORTATION TO PRAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: What various hindrances we meet
Last Line: "hear what the lord has done for me."
Subject(s): Prayer


OLNEY HYMNS: 3. JEVOHAN-ROPHI    Poem Text    
First Line: Heal us, emmanuel, here we are
Last Line: Send none unhealed away!


OLNEY HYMNS: 30. THE LIGHT AND THE GLORY OF THE WORD    Poem Text    
First Line: The spirit breathes upon the word
Last Line: In brighter worlds above.
Subject(s): Jews; Religion; Judaism; Theology


OLNEY HYMNS: 31. ON THE DEATH OF A MINISTER    Poem Text    
First Line: His master taken from his head
Last Line: Who lives for evermore.


OLNEY HYMNS: 32. THE SHINING LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: My former hopes are fled
Last Line: And watch the rising day.


OLNEY HYMNS: 33. THE WAITING SOUL    Poem Text    
First Line: Breathe from the gentle south, o lord
Last Line: The lord shall find him there.


OLNEY HYMNS: 34. SEEING THE BELOVED    Poem Text    
First Line: To those who know the lord I speak
Last Line: I long to see him too.


OLNEY HYMNS: 35. LIGHT SHINING OUT OF DARKNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: God moves in a mysterious way, / his wonders to perform
Last Line: And he will make it plain.
Variant Title(s): Providence;hymn: In A Mysterious Way;mysteries Of Providence
Subject(s): Faith; God; Religion; Belief; Creed; Theology


OLNEY HYMNS: 36. WELCOME CROSS    Poem Text    
First Line: Tis my happiness below
Last Line: Must not,--would not, if he might.


OLNEY HYMNS: 37. AFFLICTIONS SANCTIFIED BY THE WORD    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, how I love thy holy word
Last Line: Thy chosen saints for ever rest.


OLNEY HYMNS: 38. TEMPTATION    Poem Text    
First Line: The billows swell, the winds are high
Last Line: Force back my shattered bark again.
Subject(s): Temptation


OLNEY HYMNS: 39. LOOKING UPWARDS IN A STORM    Poem Text    
First Line: God of my life, to thee I call
Last Line: For whom the lord vouchsafes to plead.


OLNEY HYMNS: 4. JEHOVAH-NISSI, THE LORD IS MY BANNER    Poem Text    
First Line: By whom was david taught
Last Line: Will help his servant to the end.
Subject(s): Jews; Judaism


OLNEY HYMNS: 40. THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: My soul is sad and much dismay'd
Last Line: That I am foiled, and thou art grieved!
Subject(s): Consolation


OLNEY HYMNS: 41. PEACE AFTER A STORM    Poem Text    
First Line: When darkness long has veil'd my mind
Last Line: Be shame and self-abhorrence mine.


OLNEY HYMNS: 42. MOURNING AND LONGING    Poem Text    
First Line: The saviour hides his face!
Last Line: And grant me all my prayer.


OLNEY HYMNS: 43. SELF-ACQUAINTANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear lord, accept a sinful heart
Last Line: And let me roam no more.


OLNEY HYMNS: 44. PRAYER FOR PATIENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Lord, who hast suffer'd all for me
Last Line: But rather weep, remembering thine.
Subject(s): Patience


OLNEY HYMNS: 45. SUBMISSION    Poem Text    
First Line: O lord, my best desire fulfil
Last Line: Drives all these thoughts away.


OLNEY HYMNS: 46. THE HAPPY CHANGE    Poem Text    
First Line: How blessed thy creature is, o god
Last Line: Can shine upon the heart.
Subject(s): God


OLNEY HYMNS: 47. RETIREMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Far from the world, o lord, I flee
Last Line: When time shall be no more.


OLNEY HYMNS: 48. THE HIDDEN LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: To tell the saviour all my wants
Last Line: For such have all his saints.


OLNEY HYMNS: 49. JOY AND PEACE IN BELIEVING    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes a light surprises
Last Line: I cannot but rejoice.
Variant Title(s): In Him Confiding
Subject(s): Faith; Belief; Creed


OLNEY HYMNS: 5. JEHOBAH-SHALOM, THE LORD SENT PEACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Jesus, whose blood so freely stream'd
Last Line: Nor rob me of the lord my peace.
Subject(s): Peace


OLNEY HYMNS: 50. TRUE PLEASURES    Poem Text    
First Line: Lord, my soul with pleasure springs
Last Line: And find his burden light.
Subject(s): Jesus Christ


OLNEY HYMNS: 51. THE CHRISTIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Honour and happiness unite
Last Line: And shout him welcome to the skies!


OLNEY HYMNS: 52. LIVELY HOPE AND GRACIOUS FEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: I was a groveling creature once
Last Line: And none shall cast me down.


OLNEY HYMNS: 53. FOR THE POOR    Poem Text    
First Line: When hagar found the bottle spent
Last Line: You shall not be forgot.
Subject(s): Poverty


OLNEY HYMNS: 54. MY SOUL THIRSTETH FOR GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: I thirst, but not as once I did
Last Line: Or yields him meaner fruit than I.


OLNEY HYMNS: 55. LOVE CONSTRAINING TO OBEDIENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: No strength of nature can suffice
Last Line: And duty into choice.
Subject(s): Faith; Obedience; Belief; Creed


OLNEY HYMNS: 56. THE HEART HEALED AND CHANGED BY MERCY    Poem Text    
First Line: Sin enslaved me many years
Last Line: "thy sins are done away."
Subject(s): Forgiveness; Redemption; Sin; Clemency


OLNEY HYMNS: 57. HATRED OF SIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Holy lord god! I love thy truth
Last Line: Will strike all sin for ever dead.
Subject(s): Sin


OLNEY HYMNS: 58. THE NEW CONVERT    Poem Text    
First Line: The newborn child of gospel-grace
Last Line: We may not claim the praise we owe.


OLNEY HYMNS: 59. TRUE AND FALSE COMFORTS    Poem Text    
First Line: O god, whose favourable eye
Last Line: And none can higher fly.


OLNEY HYMNS: 6. WISDOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Ere god had built the mountains
Last Line: "says, ""sinner, I am thine!"


OLNEY HYMNS: 60. A LIVING AND A DEAD FAITH    Poem Text    
First Line: The lord receives his highest praise
Last Line: Unless that grace has made him free!
Subject(s): Faith; Belief; Creed


OLNEY HYMNS: 61. ABUSE OF THE GOSPEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Too many, lord, abuse thy grace
Last Line: Till mercy calls us in.


OLNEY HYMNS: 62. THE NARROW WAY    Poem Text    
First Line: What thousands never knew the road!
Last Line: Against the idol of your trust.


OLNEY HYMNS: 63. DEPENDENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: To keep the lamp alive
Last Line: Confesses he has none.


OLNEY HYMNS: 64. NOT OF WORKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Grace, triumphant in the throne
Last Line: But the grace that never can.


OLNEY HYMNS: 65. PRAISE FOR FAITH    Poem Text    
First Line: Of all the gifts thine hand bestows
Last Line: That makes him precious too.
Subject(s): Faith; Belief; Creed


OLNEY HYMNS: 66. GRACE AND PROVIDENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Almighty king! Whose wondrous hand
Last Line: An angel's song can do no more.


OLNEY HYMNS: 67. I WILL PRAISE THE LORD AT ALL TIMES    Poem Text    
First Line: Winter has a joy for me
Last Line: Points to an eternal rest.


OLNEY HYMNS: 68. LONGING TO BE WITH CHRIST    Poem Text    
First Line: To jesus, the crown of my hope
Last Line: Which binds me, my saviour! To thee.


OLNEY HYMNS: 7. VANITY OF THE WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: God gives his mercies to be spent
Last Line: Embraced in everlasting arms.


OLNEY HYMNS: 8. O LORD, I WILL PRAISE THEE    Poem Text    
First Line: I will praise thee every day
Last Line: God the saviour dwells in thee!


OLNEY HYMNS: 9. THE CONTRITE HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: The lord will happiness divine / on contrite hearts below
Last Line: And heal it if it be.
Variant Title(s): "the Lord Will Happiness Divine"";
Subject(s): Repentance; Penitence


ON A GOLDFINCH STARVED TO DEATH IN HIS CAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Time was when I was free as air
Last Line: Had been your prisoner still.
Subject(s): Goldfinches


ON A LETTER OF MISS FANSHAWE    Poem Text    
First Line: Her pen drops eloquence as sweet
Last Line: Her want of latin or of greek.
Subject(s): Fanshawe, Catherine (1765-1834)


ON A MISCHIEVOUS BULL    Poem Text    
First Line: Go! Thou art all unfit to share
Last Line: And claps the gate behind thee.
Subject(s): Bulls


ON A MISTAKE IN HIS TRANSLATION OF HOMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Cowper had sinned with some excuse
Last Line: When he translated homer.
Subject(s): Translating & Interpreting


ON A PLANT OF VIRGIN'S BOWER; DESIGNED TO COVER GARDEN-SEAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Thrive, gentle plant! And weave a bower
Last Line: Be crowned with virgin's bower?
Subject(s): Virgin's-bower (Plant)


ON A REVIEW CONDEMNING THELYPHTHORA    Poem Text    
First Line: I have read the review; it is learned and wise
Last Line: Clear, candid, and witty -- thelyphthora dies.
Subject(s): Critics & Criticism


ON A SPANIEL, CALLED BEAU, KILLING A YOUNG BIRD    Poem Text    
First Line: A spaniel, beau, that fares like you
Last Line: So much resemble man?
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


ON FLAXMAN'S [STATUE OF] PENELOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: The suitors sinned, but with a fair excuse
Last Line: Who, for a wife so lovely, slew them all.
Subject(s): Flaxman, John (1755-1826); Sculpture & Sculptors


ON HAYLEY'S PORTRAIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Achilles and hector and homer and all
Last Line: Shall then hide its pick-pocket looks in the dark.


ON HER ENDEAVOURING TO CONCEAL HER GRIEF AT PARTING    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah! Wherefore should my weeping maid suppress
Last Line: Nor think it weakness what we feel to show.
Subject(s): Farewell; Grief; Parting; Sorrow; Sadness


ON HIS APPROACHING VISIT TO HAYLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Through floods and flames to your retreat
Last Line: Will echo your huzza.
Subject(s): Hayley, William (1745-1820)


ON HIS PORTRAIT (IN A LETTER TO HAYLEY)    Poem Text    
First Line: Abbot is painting me so true
Last Line: If I were here or there.
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters


ON MADAN'S ANSWER TO NEWTON'S COMMENTS ON THELYPHTORA    Poem Text    
First Line: M. Quarrels with n., because m. Wrote a book
Last Line: If a man must be scolded for loving his own.


ON MRS. MONTAGUE'S FEATHER-HANGINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: The birds put off their every hue
Last Line: Both poet saves and plume from fading.
Subject(s): Feathers


ON OBSERVING SOME NAMES OF LITTLE NOTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, fond attempt to give a deathless lot
Last Line: And there, scarce less illustrious, goes the clerk!
Subject(s): Transience; Impermanence


ON RECEIVING HAYLEY'S PICTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: In language warm as could be breathed or penned
Last Line: That friend of all a partial friend to me.
Subject(s): Friendship; Hayley, William (1745-1820)


ON RECEIVING HEYNE'S VIRGIL FROM HAYLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: I should have deemed it once an effort vain
Last Line: Since I received him as a gift from thee.
Subject(s): Translating & Interpreting


ON THE AUTHOR OF 'LETTERS ON LITERATURE'    Poem Text    
First Line: The genius of the augustan age
Last Line: "that rots, and stinks, and is abhorred."


ON THE BENEFIT RECEIVED BY MIS MAJESTY FROM SEA-BATHING    Poem Text    
First Line: O sovereign of an isle renowned
Last Line: Which strength restored to thee.
Subject(s): Swimming & Swimmers


ON THE BURNING OF LORD MANSFIELD'S LIBRARY (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: So then - the vandals of our isle
Last Line: The burning of his own.
Subject(s): Books; Great Britain - Gordon Riots (1780); Murray, William. 1st Earl Of Mansfield; Vandalism; Reading


ON THE BURNING OF LORD MANSFIELD'S LIBRARY (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: When wit and genius meet their doom
Last Line: The honey on his tongue.
Subject(s): Books; Great Britain - Gordon Riots (1780); Murray, William. 1st Earl Of Mansfield; Vandalism; Reading


ON THE DEATH OF MRS. (NOW LADY) THROCKMORTON'S BULLFINCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Ye nymphs! If e'er your eyes were red
Last Line: The cruel death be died.
Subject(s): Bullfinches


ON THE DEATH OF SIR W. RUSSELL    Poem Text    
First Line: Doomed as I am in solitude to waste
Last Line: All that delights the happy--palls with me!
Subject(s): Despair


ON THE HIGH PRICE OF FISH    Poem Text    
First Line: Cocoa-nut naught
Last Line: And as oft as you please.
Subject(s): Lobsters


ON THE ICE ISLANDS SEEN FLOATING IN THE GERMAN OCEAN    Poem Text    
First Line: What portents, from what distant region, ride
Last Line: In no congenial gulf for ever lost!


ON THE JOY UNIVERSALLY EXPRESSED ON THE KING'S HAPPY ESCAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: The cloud that frowns on what we prize
Last Line: And give him double praise.
Subject(s): Assassination; George Iii, King Of England (1738-1820)


ON THE LOSS OF THE ROYAL GEORGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Toll for the brave!
Last Line: Shall plough the wave no more.
Variant Title(s): The Royal George
Subject(s): Courage; Disasters; Kempenfelt, Richard (1718-1782); Sea; Shipwrecks; Valor; Bravery; Ocean


ON THE PROMOTION OF EDWARD THURLOW, ESQ.    Poem Text    
First Line: Round thurlow's head in early youth
Last Line: What all had deemed his own.
Subject(s): Thurlow, Edward. 1st Baron Thurlow


ON THE QUEEN'S VISIT TO LONDON    Poem Text    
First Line: When, long sequestered from his throne
Last Line: Such previous woe the price!
Subject(s): George Iii, King Of England (1738-1820)


ON THE RECEIPT OF MY MOTHER'S PICTURE [OUT OF NORFOLK]    Poem Text    
First Line: O that those lips had language! Life has passed
Last Line: Thyself removed, thy power to soothe me left.
Variant Title(s): Lines To My Mother's Picture;mother's Portrait;my Mother's Picture;lines On Receiving His Mother's Picture
Subject(s): Mothers


ON THE REFUSAL OF OXFORD TO SUBSCRIDBE TO HIS TRANSLATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Could homer come himself, distressed and poor
Last Line: "begone! No tramper gets a farthing here!"
Subject(s): Hate; Homer (10th Century B.c.); Oxford University; Poetry & Poets; Translating & Interpreting; Iliad; Odyssey


ON THE TRIAL OF ADMIRAL KEPPEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Keppel, returning from afar
Last Line: To praise him to his face.
Subject(s): Keppel, Augustus (1725-1786)


ON THURLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: The chancellor once was a tree full of fruit
Last Line: Is searching your boughs for plums in the winter.


ONE PARSON, ONE POET, ONE BELMAN, ONE CRIER       


PAIRING TIME ANTICIPATED; A FABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: I shall not ask jean jacques rousseau
Last Line: But proper time to marry.
Subject(s): Fables; Rousseau, Jean Jacques (1712-1778); Allegories


PITY FOR POOR AFRICANS    Poem Text    
First Line: I own I am shocked at the purchase of slaves
Last Line: He shared in the plunder, but pitied the man.
Subject(s): Africa; Slavery; Serfs


R.S.S.    Poem Text    
First Line: All-worshipped gold! Thou mighty mystery!
Last Line: Nor delia can avail to make me blessed.
Subject(s): Love; Virtue; Wealth; Riches; Fortunes


REPORT OF AN ADJUDGED CASE, NOT TO BE FOUND IN ANY BOOKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Between nose and eyes a strange contest arose
Last Line: Shut.
Variant Title(s): A Law Case;the Nose And The Eyes
Subject(s): Eyes; Noses


RETIREMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Hackneyed in business, wearied at that oar
Last Line: To close life wisely, may not waste my own.
Subject(s): Retirement


RIDDLE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am just two and two, I am warm, I am cold
Last Line: And yielded with pleasure when taken by force.


SEE WHERE THE THAMES, THE PUREST STREAM       


SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: No more shall hapless celia's ears
Last Line: With my fa, la, la.


SONG OF PEACE WRITTEN AT THE REQUEST OF LADY AUSTEN    Poem Text    
First Line: No longer I follow a sound
Last Line: To the glorified spirits above.


SONG WRITTEN AT THE REQUEST OF LADY AUSTEN    Poem Text    
First Line: When all within is peace
Last Line: And longs to be at rest.


SONNET ADDRESSED TO HENRY COWPER, ESQ    Poem Text    
First Line: Cowper, whose silver voice, tasked sometimes hard
Last Line: Of others' speech, but magic of thy own.
Subject(s): Hastings, Warren (1732-1818)


SONNET TO WILLIAM WILBERFORCE, ESQUIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Thy country, wilberforce, with just disdain
Last Line: From all the just on earth and all the blest above.
Subject(s): Wilberforce, William (1759-1833)


STANZAS ON INDECENT LIBERTIES TAKEN WITH REMAINS OF MILTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Me too, perchance, in future days
Last Line: As much affronts thee dead.
Subject(s): Milton, John (1608-1674)


STANZAS PRINTED ON BILLS OF MORTALITY: 1787    Poem Text    
First Line: While thirteen moons saw smoothly run
Last Line: "and answer all--""amen!"
Subject(s): Mortality


STANZAS PRINTED ON BILLS OF MORTALITY: 1788    Poem Text    
First Line: Could I, from heaven inspired, as sure presage
Last Line: And the next opening grave may yawn for you.
Subject(s): Mortality


STANZAS PRINTED ON BILLS OF MORTALITY: 1789    Poem Text    
First Line: O most delightful hour by man
Last Line: "such only be your lives."
Subject(s): Mortality


STANZAS PRINTED ON BILLS OF MORTALITY: 1790    Poem Text    
First Line: He who sits from day to day
Last Line: Make us learn that we must die.
Subject(s): Mortality


STANZAS PRINTED ON BILLS OF MORTALITY: 1792    Poem Text    
First Line: Thankless for favours from on high
Last Line: And calm descend to yours.
Subject(s): Mortality


STANZAS PRINTED ON BILLS OF MORTALITY: 1793    Poem Text    
First Line: He lives who lives to god alone
Last Line: And mercy cast away.
Subject(s): Mortality


STELLA'S BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: How many between east and west
Last Line: And wish her born once more!
Variant Title(s): To Miss Creuze On Her Birthday


SWEET MEAT HAS SOUR SAUCE; OR, THE SLAVE-TRADER IN THE DUMPS    Poem Text    
First Line: A trader I am to the african shore
Last Line: Which nobody can deny.
Subject(s): Africa; African Americans; Slavery; Trade; Negroes; American Blacks; Serfs


TABLE TALK    Poem Text    
First Line: You told me, I remember, glory, built
Last Line: And should, no doubt, if they were all forgot.
Subject(s): Freedom; Poetry & Poets; Liberty


THANKS FOR A GIFT OF PHEASANTS    Poem Text    
First Line: In copeman's ear this truth let echo tell
Last Line: Of golden clients, for his golden birds.
Subject(s): Pheasants


THE BEE AND THE PINE-APPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: A bee allur'd by the perfume
Last Line: Than pleasure coveted in vain.


THE CASTAWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Obscurest night involved the sky, / the atlantic billows roared
Last Line: And whelm'd in deeper gulfs than he.
Subject(s): Atlantic Ocean; Drowning; Sea; Ocean


THE CERTAINTY OF DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Mortals! Around your destined heads
Last Line: To meet the fatal blow!
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE COCK-FIGHTER'S GARLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Muse, hide his name of whom I sing
Last Line: Tis hard to read amiss.


THE COLUBRIAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Close by the threshold of a door nailed fast
Last Line: And taught him never to come there no more.
Subject(s): Animals; Cats; Snakes; Serpents; Vipers


THE DISTRESSED TRAVELLERS; OR, LABOUR IN VAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: I sing of a journey to clifton
Last Line: For the sense and the sound, they say, should be the same.
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


THE DIVERTING HISTORY OF JOHN GILPIN    Poem Text    
First Line: John gilpin was a citizen / of credit and renown
Last Line: "may I be there to see!"
Variant Title(s): Facetious Story Of John Gilpin;john Gilpin


THE DOG AND THE WATER LILY; NO FABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The noon was shady, and soft airs
Last Line: "to him who gives me all."


THE DOVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Reasoning at every step he treads
Last Line: A lesson for mankind.
Subject(s): Doves; Love


THE FAITHFUL BIRD    Poem Text    
First Line: The greenhouse is my summer seat
Last Line: To liberty without.
Variant Title(s): The Faithful Friend
Subject(s): Animals; Birds


THE FLATTING MILL; AN ILLUSTRATION    Poem Text    
First Line: When a bar of pure silver or ingot of gold
Last Line: And unless you adorn it, a nausea follows.


THE FOUR AGES    Poem Text    
First Line: I could be well content, allowed the use
Last Line: His manna from the ground, or starve, and die.


THE GRIEF OF AN HEIR    Poem Text    
First Line: The rich man's heir, his father's spirit fled
Last Line: And, could we doubt them, we were fools indeed.
Subject(s): Inheritance & Succession; Heirs


THE JUDGMENT OF THE POETS    Poem Text    
First Line: Two nymphs, both nearly of an age
Last Line: "and pinch your noses blue."
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE LILY AND THE ROSE    Poem Text    
First Line: The nymph must lose her female friend
Last Line: They reign united there.
Subject(s): Flowers; Great Britain; Lilies; Roses


THE LOVE OF THE WORLD REPROVED; OR, HYPOCRISY DETECTED    Poem Text    
First Line: Thus says the prophet of the turk
Last Line: Till quite from tail to snout 'tis eaten.
Subject(s): Hypocrisy


THE MODERN PATRIOT    Poem Text    
First Line: Rebellion is my theme all day
Last Line: Then farewell british freedom.
Subject(s): Great Britain; Revolutions


THE MORALIZER CORRECTED; A TALE    Poem Text    
First Line: A hermit (or if 'chance you hold)
Last Line: "either too early or too late."


THE MORNING DREAM (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Forced from home, and all its pleasures
Last Line: Ere you proudly question ours!
Variant Title(s): Slave's Complaint;the Negro's Complaint
Subject(s): Africa; Blacks; Slavery; Serfs


THE MORNING DREAM (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Twas in the glad season of spring
Last Line: Resolves to have none of her own.
Subject(s): Freedom; Liberty


THE NEEDLESS ALARM; A TALE    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a field through which I often pass
Last Line: Live till to-morrow, will have passed away.


THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE GLOW-WORM    Poem Text    
First Line: A nightingale, that all day long
Last Line: Of him that creeps and him that flies.
Subject(s): Birds; Fireflies; Nightingales; Glowworms


THE PINEAPPLES AND THE BEE    Poem Text    
First Line: The pineapples, in triple row
Last Line: Can gather honey from a weed.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Pineapples; Truth; Wisdom; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE POET'S NEW YEAR'S GIFT TO MRS. THROCKMORTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Maria! I have every good
Last Line: I wish it all fulfilled.


THE POET, THE OYSTER, AND SENSITIVE PLANT    Poem Text    
First Line: An oyster, cast upon the shore
Last Line: And each by shrinking showed he felt it.
Subject(s): Oysters


THE POPLAR FIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: The poplars are felled, farewell to the shade
Last Line: Have a being less durable even than he.
Subject(s): Aging; Environment; Fields; Poplar Trees; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Pastures; Meadows; Leas


THE PROGRESS OF ERROR    Poem Text    
First Line: Sing, muse, (if such a theme, so dark, so long)
Last Line: Bled, groaned and agonized, and died, in vain.
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


THE RETIRED CAT    Poem Text    
First Line: A poet's cat, sedate and grave
Last Line: The folly of his expectation.
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


THE ROSE    Poem Text    
First Line: The rose had been washed, just washed in a shower
Last Line: "may be followed perhaps by a smile."
Subject(s): Flowers; Roses


THE SCHOLAR AT HIS WIT'S END; A TALE    Poem Text    
First Line: In days when the learned, as old stories tell
Last Line: Poems, vol. I, p. 110.]


THE SHRUBBERY, WRITTEN IN A TIME OF AFFLICTION    Poem Text    
First Line: O happy shades! To me unblest!
Last Line: And those of sorrows yet to come.
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


THE SYMPTOMS OF LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Would my delia know if I love, let her take
Last Line: Though herself and the woman I love are the same.
Subject(s): Love


THE TASK: BOOK 1. THE SOFA    Poem Text    
First Line: I sing the sofa. I, who lately sang
Last Line: A mutilated structure, soon to fall.
Subject(s): Sofas


THE TASK: BOOK 2. THE TIME-PIECE    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, for a lodge in some vast wilderness
Last Line: And the land stank, so numerous was the fry.
Subject(s): Clergy; Disasters; Earthquakes; Peace; Universities & Colleges; Priests; Rabbis; Ministers; Bishops


THE TASK: BOOK 3. THE GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: As one who, long in thickets and in brakes
Last Line: For whom god heard his abraham plead in vain.
Subject(s): Country Life; Gardens & Gardening; Truth


THE TASK: BOOK 4. THE WINTER EVENING    Poem Text    
First Line: Hark! 'tis the twanging horn o'er yonder bridge
Last Line: Found here that leisure and that ease I wished.
Subject(s): Country Life; Winter


THE TASK: BOOK 5. THE WINTER MORNING WALK    Poem Text    
First Line: Tis morning; and the sun with ruddy orb
Last Line: And with thee rich, take what thou wilt away.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Morning; Patriotism; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens


THE TASK: BOOK 6. THE WINTER WALK AT NOON    Poem Text    
First Line: There is in souls a sympathy with sounds
Last Line: Whose approbation prosper--even mine.
Subject(s): Animal Rights; Bells; Country Life; Winter; Animal Abuse; Vivisection


THE VALEDICTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Farewell, false hearts! Whose best affections
Last Line: A soul, an image of himself, and therefore true


THE WINTER NOSEGAY    Poem Text    
First Line: What nature, alas! Has denied
Last Line: The truth of a friend such as you.
Subject(s): Winter


THE YEARLY DISTRESS; OR, TITHING TIME AT STOCK IN ESSEX    Poem Text    
First Line: Come, ponder well, for 'tis no jest
Last Line: Without the clowns that pay.
Subject(s): Tithes


THIS EVENING, DELIA, YOU AND I       


TIROCINIUM: OR, A REVIEW OF SCHOOLS    Poem Text    
First Line: It is not from his form, in which we trace
Last Line: Or better managed, or encouraged less.
Subject(s): Education


TO A LADY WHO WORE A LOCK OF HIS HAIR SET WITH DIAMONDS    Poem Text    
First Line: The star that beams on anna's breast
Last Line: But all the honour mine.
Subject(s): Hair


TO A YOUNG FRIEND ON HIS ARRIVING AT CAMBRIDGE WET    Poem Text    
First Line: If gideon's fleece, which drenched with dew
Last Line: Not drought on others, but much dew on thee!


TO A YOUNG LADY WHO STOLE A PEN FROM THE PRINCE OF WALES'S STANDISH    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweet nymph, who art, it seems, accused
Last Line: Worth more than all his crest.
Subject(s): Pens & Pencils


TO A YOUNG LADY, WITH A PRESENT OF TWO COCKSCOMBS    Poem Text    
First Line: Two cockscombs wait at your command
Last Line: But then, to make amends, they both are mute.
Variant Title(s): Lines Sent With Two Coxcombs To Miss Green
Subject(s): Cockscombs (Plants)


TO DELIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Me to whatever state the gods assign
Last Line: Would quit that heaven to find a happier place?
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


TO DR. AUSTIN, OF CECIL STREET, LONDON    Poem Text    
First Line: Austin! Accept a grateful verse from me!
Last Line: And boldly call thee, being his, my own.
Variant Title(s): To Dr. Austen, Of Cecil Street, London
Subject(s): Physicians; Doctors


TO GEORGE ROMNEY, ESQ    Poem Text    
First Line: Romney! Expert infallibly to trace
Last Line: When I was hayley's guest, and sat to thee?
Subject(s): Romney, George (1734-1802)


TO GRAVINA, ON HIS TRANSLATING THE AUTHOR'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: My rose, gravina, blooms anew
Last Line: Will never fade again.
Subject(s): Gravina, Federico Carlos De (1756-1806); Translating & Interpreting


TO HIS COUSIN, LADY HESKETH; REASONS FOR NOT WRITING LETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: My pens are all split, and my ink-glass is dry
Last Line: Neither wit, common sense, nor ideas, have I.


TO JOHN JOHNSON, ON HIS PRESENTING AN ANTIQUE BUST OF HOMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Kinsman beloved, and as a son, by me!
Last Line: Seek heavenly wealth, and work for god alone.
Subject(s): Sculpture & Sculptors


TO LADY AUSTEN, WRITTEN IN RAINY WEATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: To watch the storms, and hear the sky
Last Line: And no ambition to have more.
Subject(s): Floods; Storms


TO MARY    Poem Text    
First Line: The twentieth year is well nigh past, / since first our sky was overcast
Last Line: My mary!
Variant Title(s): My Mary;to The Same (Mary Unwin)
Subject(s): Grief; Love; Sickness; Unwin, Mary; Sorrow; Sadness; Illness


TO MARY UNWIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Mary! I want a lyre with other strings
Last Line: And since thou own'st that praise, I spare thee mine.
Variant Title(s): Sonnet To Mrs. Unwin;to Mrs. Unwin
Subject(s): Unwin, Mary


TO MRS. KING ON HER KIND PRESENT TO THE AUTHOR, A ... QUILT    Poem Text    
First Line: The bard, if e'er he feel at all
Last Line: Who put the whole together.
Subject(s): Quilts


TO MRS. NEWTON    Poem Text    
First Line: A noble theme demands a noble verse
Last Line: We say, good madam, and good sir, adieu!


TO MRS. THROCKMORTON, ON HER BEAUTIFUL TRANSCRIPT OF HORACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Maria, could horace have guessed
Last Line: Nothing ever was written so well.
Subject(s): Horace (65-8 B.c.); Translating & Interpreting


TO MY COUSIN ANNE BODHAM, ON RECEIVING FROM HER A PURSE    Poem Text    
First Line: My gentle anne, whom heretofore
Last Line: The best things kept within it.


TO REV. WALTER BAGOT; EXCUSE FOR DELAY IN WRITING TO HIM    Poem Text    
First Line: It is a maxim of much weight
Last Line: Had need do nothing more.
Subject(s): Translating & Interpreting


TO SIR JOHN FENN    Poem Text    
First Line: Two omens seem propitious to my fame
Last Line: Known by those titles, sir, both yours and you.


TO SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear president, whose art sublime
Last Line: Britannia gives the world repose.
Subject(s): Reynolds, Sir Joshua (1723-1792)


TO THE IMMORTAL MEMORY OF THE HALIBUT ON WHICH I DINED    Poem Text    
First Line: Where hast thou floated, in what seas pursued
Last Line: To feed a bard, and to be praised in verse.
Subject(s): Halibut; Sea; Ocean


TO THE NIGHTINGALE WHICH THE AUTHOR HEARD ON NEW YEAR'S DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Whence is it, that amazed I hear
Last Line: And every season spring.
Subject(s): Birds; Nightingales


TO THE REV. MR. NEWTON [RECTOR OF ST. MARY, WOOLNOTH]    Poem Text    
First Line: Says the pipe to the snuff-box, 'I can't understand'
Last Line: "but of any thing else they may choose to put in us."
Subject(s): Smoking; Tobacco; Pipes; Cigars; Cigarettes


TO THE REV. MR. NEWTON: AN INVITATION TO THE COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: The swallows in their torpid state
Last Line: Shall shine, and dry the tear.
Subject(s): Newton, John (1725-1807)


TO THE REV. WILLIAM BULL    Poem Text    
First Line: My dear friend / if reading verse be your delight
Last Line: Be always filling, never full.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Smoking; Tobacco; Pipes; Cigars; Cigarettes


TO THE REV. WILLIAM CAWTHORNE UNWIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Unwin, I should but ill repay
Last Line: I sink the poet in the friend.
Subject(s): Friendship


TO WARREN HASTINGS, ESQ.; BY AN OLD SCHOOLFELLOW OF HIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Hastings! I knew thee young, and of a mind
Last Line: And worried thee, as not themselves the best.
Subject(s): Hastings, Warren (1732-1818)


TO WILLIAM HAYLEY, ESQ    Poem Text    
First Line: Hayley, thy tenderness fraternal shown
Last Line: Not more to admire the bard than love the man.
Subject(s): Hayley, William (1745-1820)


TO WILLIAM HAYLEY, ESQ. IN REPLY TO HIS SOLICITATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear architect of fine chateaux in air
Last Line: Which they who need them use, and then despise.
Subject(s): Hayley, William (1745-1820)


TO [THE REVEREND] MR. NEWTON ON HIS RETURN FROM RAMSGATE    Poem Text    
First Line: That ocean you of late surveyed
Last Line: Come home to port no more.


TOM RABAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The curate and churchwarden
Last Line: Is fiction, yet her song is sometimes true.


TRANSLATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Thy counsel sage, maria fair
Last Line: I bid adieu to thee!
Subject(s): Freedom; Liberty


TRUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Man, on the dubious waves of error tossed
Last Line: Humility is crowned, and faith receives the prize.
Subject(s): Truth


UPON A VENERABLE RIVAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Full thirty frosts since thou wert young
Last Line: Who old, though grey, a fool.
Subject(s): Love; Middle Age; Youth


VERSES SUPPOSED TO BE WRITTEN BY ALEXANDER SELKIRK    Poem Text    
First Line: I am monarch of all I survey
Last Line: And reconciles man to his lot.
Variant Title(s): Verses By Alexander Selkirk;alexander Selkirk;the Solitude Of Alexander Selkirk
Subject(s): Explorers; Memory; Selkirk, Alexander (1676-1721); Solitude; Exploring; Discovery; Discoverers; Loneliness


VERSES WRITTEN AT BATH ON FINDING THE HEEL OF A SHOE    Poem Text    
First Line: Fortune! I thank thee: gentle goddess, thanks!
Last Line: Drags the dull load of disappointment on.


WRITTEN AFTER LEAVING HER AT NEW BURNS    Poem Text    
First Line: How quick the change from joy to woe
Last Line: You best may tell who feel the same.
Subject(s): Absence; Grief; Separation; Isolation; Sorrow; Sadness


WRITTEN IN A FIT OF ILLNESS; R.S.S.    Poem Text    
First Line: In these sad hours, a prey to ceaseless pain
Last Line: Hope, joy, and peace, and delia in her train!
Subject(s): Sickness; Illness


WRITTEN IN A QUARREL (DELIVERY PREVENTED BY RECONCILIATION)    Poem Text    
First Line: Think, delia, with what cruel haste
Last Line: Tis madness to forego.


WRITTEN UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DELIRIUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Hatred and vengeance, my eternal portion
Last Line: Buried above ground.
Variant Title(s): Lines Written During A Period Of Insanity;lines Written Under The Influence Of Delirium
Subject(s): Insanity; Madness; Mental Illness


YARDLEY OAK    Poem Text    
First Line: Survivor sole, and hardly such, of all
Last Line: Eventful, should supply her with a theme.
Subject(s): Environment; Oak Trees; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation