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A CARD, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Poor vestris, grieved beyond all measure
Last Line: And jump into the former favour.


A COMPARISON, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: How happy are those little ones
Last Line: And supplication heard.
Subject(s): Parents; Parenthood


A POETICAL EPISTLE TO LADY AUSTEN, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: And is this all? Can reason do no more
Last Line: And, trusting in his god, surmounts them all.


A SONG, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The sparkling eye, the mantling cheek
Last Line: But glow with more prevailing heat.


A SONG, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: On the green margin of the brook
Last Line: "ah! Thyrsis, I am won."


A SONG OF MERCY AND JUDGMENT, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Lord, I love the habitation
Last Line: Sweet the grace which makes me thine.


A SONNET; ADDRESSED TO MR. PHILLIPS, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Where humber pours his rich commercial stream
Last Line: "thy presence, thy embrace!""--he spoke, and died!"


A THUNDER STORM, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Did not my muse (what can she less?)
Last Line: The terror of offending thee.


AN ATTEMPT AT THE MANNER OF WALLER, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER                Poet's Biography


AN EPISTLE TO AN AFFLICTED PROTESTANT LADY IN FRANCE, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis not that I design to rob
Last Line: "tis ready polished from the mine."


AN EPITAPH, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: To be remembered thus is fame
Last Line: But never lodged so well.
Subject(s): Fame; Reputation


ANTI-THELYPHTHORA, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER                Poet's Biography


BEAU'S REPLY, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER                Poet's Biography


BOADICEA; AN ODE, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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), by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: She came - she is gone - we have met
Last Line: Might we view her enjoying it here.


CHARITY, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER                Poet's Biography


EPIGRAM, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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), by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Beware of building! I intended
Last Line: Rough logs and thatch,--and thus it ended.


EPIGRAM ON HIS GARDEN SHED (2), by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: These are not dew-drops, these are tears
Last Line: But always in a flame.
Subject(s): Robins


EPITAPH ON A HARE, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Laurels may flourish round the conqueror's tomb
Last Line: And all those triumphs, mary, now are thine.


EXPOSTULATION, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Why weeps the muse for england? What appears
Last Line: Shall be my chosen theme, my glory to the last.


FRAGMENT, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: He came to him in the extasy of pray'r
Last Line: How wonderful the lot design'd for him.


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


GRATITUDE; ADDRESSED TO LADY HESKETH, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: This cap, that so stately appears
Last Line: When I sing of the splendour of mine.


HEROISM, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER                Poet's Biography


HOW BLEST THE YOUTH WHOM FATE ORDAINS, by WILLIAM COWPER                Poet's Biography


HUMAN FRAILITY, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Poets attempt the noblest task they can
Last Line: Its use and power exemplified in thee.


IN SEDITIONEM HORRENDAM, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Reader! Behold a monument
Last Line: Of a great burial here.


INSCRIPTION FOR AN ANTIQUE BUST OF HOMER, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: This cabin, mary, in my sight appears
Last Line: Preliminary to--the last retreat.


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


JINGLE, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER                Poet's Biography


LETTER IN VERSE, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER                Poet's Biography


MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTION TO WILLIAM NORTHCOT, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Patron of all those luckless brains
Last Line: With equal grace below.
Subject(s): Apollo; Mythology - Classical


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


OF HIMSELF, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: My god, how perfect are thy ways!
Last Line: The lord for ever mine.
Subject(s): Sin


OLNEY HYMNS: 12. EPHRAIM REPENTING, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The lord proclaims his grace abroad!
Last Line: "begun and ended in my power."


OLNEY HYMNS: 14. JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As birds their infant brood protect
Last Line: Thence?


OLNEY HYMNS: 15. PRAISE FOR THE FOUNTAIN OPENED, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thy mansion is the christian's heart
Last Line: I give thee what was thine before.


OLNEY HYMNS: 18. LOVEST THOU ME?, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The saints should never be dismay'd
Last Line: But cannot come too late.


OLNEY HYMNS: 20. OLD-TESTAMENT GOSPEL, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Israel in ancient days
Last Line: To clearer light vouchsafed to me!


OLNEY HYMNS: 21. SARDIS, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: This is the feast of heavenly wine
Last Line: And I shall see his face!


OLNEY HYMNS: 28. JESUS HASTENING TO SUFFER, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The saviour! What a noble flame
Last Line: And hasten to the skies.


OLNEY HYMNS: 29. EXHORTATION TO PRAYER, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: His master taken from his head
Last Line: Who lives for evermore.


OLNEY HYMNS: 32. THE SHINING LIGHT, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: My former hopes are fled
Last Line: And watch the rising day.


OLNEY HYMNS: 33. THE WAITING SOUL, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Breathe from the gentle south, o lord
Last Line: The lord shall find him there.


OLNEY HYMNS: 34. SEEING THE BELOVED, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis my happiness below
Last Line: Must not,--would not, if he might.


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


OLNEY HYMNS: 38. TEMPTATION, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When darkness long has veil'd my mind
Last Line: Be shame and self-abhorrence mine.


OLNEY HYMNS: 42. MOURNING AND LONGING, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The saviour hides his face!
Last Line: And grant me all my prayer.


OLNEY HYMNS: 43. SELF-ACQUAINTANCE, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Dear lord, accept a sinful heart
Last Line: And let me roam no more.


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


OLNEY HYMNS: 45. SUBMISSION, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: O lord, my best desire fulfil
Last Line: Drives all these thoughts away.


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


OLNEY HYMNS: 47. RETIREMENT, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Far from the world, o lord, I flee
Last Line: When time shall be no more.


OLNEY HYMNS: 48. THE HIDDEN LIFE, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Lord, my soul with pleasure springs
Last Line: And find his burden light.
Subject(s): Jesus Christ


OLNEY HYMNS: 51. THE CHRISTIAN, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Honour and happiness unite
Last Line: And shout him welcome to the skies!


OLNEY HYMNS: 52. LIVELY HOPE AND GRACIOUS FEAR, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I was a groveling creature once
Last Line: And none shall cast me down.


OLNEY HYMNS: 53. FOR THE POOR, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: O god, whose favourable eye
Last Line: And none can higher fly.


OLNEY HYMNS: 6. WISDOM, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ere god had built the mountains
Last Line: "says, ""sinner, I am thine!"


OLNEY HYMNS: 60. A LIVING AND A DEAD FAITH, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Too many, lord, abuse thy grace
Last Line: Till mercy calls us in.


OLNEY HYMNS: 62. THE NARROW WAY, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What thousands never knew the road!
Last Line: Against the idol of your trust.


OLNEY HYMNS: 63. DEPENDENCE, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: To keep the lamp alive
Last Line: Confesses he has none.


OLNEY HYMNS: 64. NOT OF WORKS, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Grace, triumphant in the throne
Last Line: But the grace that never can.


OLNEY HYMNS: 65. PRAISE FOR FAITH, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Winter has a joy for me
Last Line: Points to an eternal rest.


OLNEY HYMNS: 68. LONGING TO BE WITH CHRIST, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: God gives his mercies to be spent
Last Line: Embraced in everlasting arms.


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


OLNEY HYMNS: 9. THE CONTRITE HEART, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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), by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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', by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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), by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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), by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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., by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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], by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Keppel, returning from afar
Last Line: To praise him to his face.
Subject(s): Keppel, Augustus (1725-1786)


ON THURLOW, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER                Poet's Biography


PAIRING TIME ANTICIPATED; A FABLE, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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., by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hackneyed in business, wearied at that oar
Last Line: To close life wisely, may not waste my own.
Subject(s): Retirement


RIDDLE, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER                Poet's Biography


SONG, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: No longer I follow a sound
Last Line: To the glorified spirits above.


SONG WRITTEN AT THE REQUEST OF LADY AUSTEN, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When all within is peace
Last Line: And longs to be at rest.


SONNET ADDRESSED TO HENRY COWPER, ESQ, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: While thirteen moons saw smoothly run
Last Line: "and answer all--""amen!"
Subject(s): Mortality


STANZAS PRINTED ON BILLS OF MORTALITY: 1788, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: He lives who lives to god alone
Last Line: And mercy cast away.
Subject(s): Mortality


STELLA'S BIRTHDAY, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A bee allur'd by the perfume
Last Line: Than pleasure coveted in vain.


THE CASTAWAY, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Mortals! Around your destined heads
Last Line: To meet the fatal blow!
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


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


THE COLUBRIAD, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The noon was shady, and soft airs
Last Line: "to him who gives me all."


THE DOVES, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Reasoning at every step he treads
Last Line: A lesson for mankind.
Subject(s): Doves; Love


THE FAITHFUL BIRD, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Rebellion is my theme all day
Last Line: Then farewell british freedom.
Subject(s): Great Britain; Revolutions


THE MORALIZER CORRECTED; A TALE, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A hermit (or if 'chance you hold)
Last Line: "either too early or too late."


THE MORNING DREAM (1), by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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), by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Maria! I have every good
Last Line: I wish it all fulfilled.


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


THE POPLAR FIELD, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A poet's cat, sedate and grave
Last Line: The folly of his expectation.
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


THE ROSE, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Farewell, false hearts! Whose best affections
Last Line: A soul, an image of himself, and therefore true


THE WINTER NOSEGAY, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER                Poet's Biography


TIROCINIUM: OR, A REVIEW OF SCHOOLS, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: To watch the storms, and hear the sky
Last Line: And no ambition to have more.
Subject(s): Floods; Storms


TO MARY, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The bard, if e'er he feel at all
Last Line: Who put the whole together.
Subject(s): Quilts


TO MRS. NEWTON, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It is a maxim of much weight
Last Line: Had need do nothing more.
Subject(s): Translating & Interpreting


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


TO SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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], by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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 COWPER, by JOHN COWPER POWYS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Never hath gentler soul or purer heart
Last Line: To thy meek sons, or make thy sages kind.
Subject(s): Fate; Flowers; Hearts; Heaven; Love; Soul; Destiny; Paradise


TO WILLIAM HAYLEY, ESQ, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: That ocean you of late surveyed
Last Line: Come home to port no more.


TOM RABAN, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The curate and churchwarden
Last Line: Is fiction, yet her song is sometimes true.


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


TRUTH, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fortune! I thank thee: gentle goddess, thanks!
Last Line: Drags the dull load of disappointment on.


WILLIAM COWPER, by WILLIAM BLAKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: For this is being a friend just in the nick
Last Line: For any man to pretend to inspiration
Subject(s): Bible; Cowper, William (1731-1800); Mythology; Poetry & Poets


WRITTEN AFTER LEAVING HER AT NEW BURNS, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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., by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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), by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Think, delia, with what cruel haste
Last Line: Tis madness to forego.


WRITTEN UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DELIRIUM, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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