True Pleasures By William Cowper

True Pleasures Lord, my soul with pleasure springs When Jesu’s name I hear: And when God the Spirit brings The word of promise near: Beauties…

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The Yearly Distress; Or, Tithing-Time At Stock In Essex By William Cowper

The Yearly Distress; Or, Tithing-Time At Stock In Essex Come, ponder well, for ’tis no jest, To laugh it would be wrong; The troubles of…

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The Retired Cat By William Cowper

The Retired Cat A poet’s cat, sedate and grave As poet well could wish to have, Was much addicted to inquire For nooks to which…

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The Four Ages. A Brief Fragment Of An Extensive Projected Poem By William Cowper

The Four Ages. A Brief Fragment Of An Extensive Projected Poem ‘I could be well content, allowed the use Of past experience, and the wisdom…

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Sparrows Self-Domesticated In Trinity College, Cambridge By William Cowper

Sparrows Self-Domesticated In Trinity College, Cambridge None ever shared the social feast, Or as an inmate or a guest, Beneath the celebrated dome Where once…

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Praise For Faith By William Cowper

Praise For Faith Of all the gifts Thine hand bestows, Thou Giver of all good! Not heaven itself a richer knows Than my Redeemer’s blood….

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On Opening A Place For Social Prayer By William Cowper

On Opening A Place For Social Prayer Jesus! where’er Thy people meet, There they behold Thy mercy seat; Where’er they seek Thee, Thou art found,…

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Olney Hymn 57 The New Convert By William Cowper

Olney Hymn 57 The New Convert The new-born child of gospel grace, Like some fair tree when summer’s nigh, Beneath Emmanuel’s shining face Lifts up…

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Olney Hymn 24; Prayer For Children By William Cowper

Olney Hymn 24; Prayer For Children Gracious Lord, our children see, By Thy mercy we are free; But shall these, alas! remain Subjects still of…

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No Sorrow Peculiar To The Sufferer By William Cowper

No Sorrow Peculiar To The Sufferer The lover, in melodious verses, His singular distress rehearses; Still closing with a rueful cry, ‘Was ever such a…

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Jehovah-Nissi. The Lord My Banner By William Cowper

Jehovah-Nissi. The Lord My Banner (Exodus, xvii.15) By whom was David taught To aim the deadly blow, When he Goliath fought, And laid the Gittite…

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God Hides His People By William Cowper

God Hides His People To lay the soul that loves him low, Becomes the Only–wise: To hide beneath a veil of woe, The children of…

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Denner’s Old Woman By William Cowper

Denner’s Old Woman In this mimic form of a matron in years, How plainly the pencil of Denner appears! The matron herself, in whose old…

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Adam; A Sacred Drama. Act 1. By William Cowper

Adam; A Sacred Drama. Act 1. CHORUS OF ANGELS, Singing the Glory of God. To Heaven’s bright lyre let Iris be the bow, Adapt the…

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To The Nightingale, Which The Author Heard Sing On New Year’s Day By William Cowper

To The Nightingale, Which The Author Heard Sing On New Year’s Day Whence it is, that amazed I hear From yonder withered spray, This foremost…

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The Task Book Vi, The Winter Walk At Noon (Excerpts) By William Cowper

The Task Book Vi, The Winter Walk At Noon (Excerpts) Thus heav’nward all things tend. For all were once Perfect, and all must be at…

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The Nativity By William Cowper

The Nativity ‘Tis folly all–let me no more be told Of Parian porticos, and roofs of gold; Delightful views of nature, dressed by art, Enchant…

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The Cock-Fighter’s Garland By William Cowper

The Cock-Fighter’s Garland Muse — hide his name of whom I sing, Lest his surviving house thou bring For his sake into scorn, Nor speak…

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Sonnet Iii. Canzone. (Translated From Milton) By William Cowper

Sonnet Iii. Canzone. (Translated From Milton) They mock my toil–the nymphs and am’rous swains– And whence this fond attempt to write, they cry, Love-songs in…

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On The Receipt Of A Hamper. (In The Manner Of Homer) By William Cowper

On The Receipt Of A Hamper. (In The Manner Of Homer) The straw-stuffed hamper with its ruthless steel He open’d, cutting sheer th’ inserted cords…

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On A Similar Character (From The Greek) By William Cowper

On A Similar Character (From The Greek) You give your cheks a rosy stain, With washes dye your hair; But paint and washes both are…

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Olney Hymn 45 The Happy Change By William Cowper

Olney Hymn 45 The Happy Change How bless’d Thy creature is, O God, When with a single eye, He views the lustre of Thy Word,…

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Olney Hymn 13; The Covenant By William Cowper

Olney Hymn 13; The Covenant The Lord proclaims His grace abroad! ‘Behold, I change your hearts of stone; Each shall renounce his idol-god, And serve,…

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Love Abused By William Cowper

Love Abused What is there in the vale of life Half so delighted as a wife, When friendship, love, and peace combine To stamp the…

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In Memory Of The Late John Thornton, Esq. By William Cowper

In Memory Of The Late John Thornton, Esq. Poets attempt the noblest task they can, Praising the Author of all good in man, And, next,…

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Epitaph On Mr. Chester Of Chicheley By William Cowper

Epitaph On Mr. Chester Of Chicheley Tears flow, and cease not, where the good man lies, Till all who know him follow to the skies….

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Boadicea. An Ode By William Cowper

Boadicea. An Ode When the British warrior queen, Bleeding from the Roman rods, Sought, with an indignant mien, Counsel of her country’s gods, Sage beneath…

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A Comparison. Addressed To A Young Lady By William Cowper

A Comparison. Addressed To A Young Lady Sweet stream that winds through yonder glade, Apt emblem of a virtuous maid Silent and chaste she steals…

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Verses Written At Bath, On Finding The Heel Of A Shoe By William Cowper

Verses Written At Bath, On Finding The Heel Of A Shoe Fortune! I thank thee: gentle goddess! thanks! Not that my muse, though bashful, shall…

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To Health (From The Greek) By William Cowper

To Health (From The Greek) Eldest born of powers divine! Bless’d Hygeia! be it mine To enjoy what thou canst give, And henceforth with thee…

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The Swallow By William Cowper

The Swallow I am fond of the swallow–I learn from her flight, Had I skill to improve it, a lesson of love: How seldom on…

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The Joy Of The Cross By William Cowper

The Joy Of The Cross Long plunged in sorrow, I resign My soul to that dear hand of thine, Without reserve or fear; That hand…

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Sweet Meat Has Sour Sauce; Or, The Slave-Trader In The Dumps By William Cowper

Sweet Meat Has Sour Sauce; Or, The Slave-Trader In The Dumps A trader I am to the African shore, But since that my trading is…

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Sardis By William Cowper

Sardis (Revelations, iii. 1-6) “Write to Sardis,” saith the Lord, “And write what He declares, He whose Spirit, and whose word, Upholds the seven stars:…

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On The Death Of Mrs. Throckmorton’s Bullfinch By William Cowper

On The Death Of Mrs. Throckmorton’s Bullfinch Ye Nymphs, if e’er your eyes were red With tears o’er hapless favourites shed, Oh, share Maria’s grief!…

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Olney Hymn 67 Longing To Be With Christ By William Cowper

Olney Hymn 67 Longing To Be With Christ To Jesus, the crown of my hope, My soul is in haste to be gone; O bear…

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Olney Hymn 34 The Waiting Soul By William Cowper

Olney Hymn 34 The Waiting Soul Breathe from the gentle south, O Lord, And cheer me from the north; Blow on the treasures of thy…

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Olney Hymn 2; Jehovah-Jireh The Lord Will Provide By William Cowper

Olney Hymn 2; Jehovah-Jireh The Lord Will Provide The saints should never be dismay’d, Nor sink in hopeless fear; For when they least expect His…

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Lines Addressed To Dr. Darwin, Author Of The ‘botanic Garden.’ By William Cowper

Lines Addressed To Dr. Darwin, Author Of The ‘Botanic Garden.’ Two Poets, (poets, by report, Not oft so well agree,) Sweet harmonist of Flora’s court!…

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Horace, Book I. Ode Ix. By William Cowper

Horace, Book I. Ode Ix. Seest thou yon mountain laden with deep snow, The groves beneath their fleecy burden bow, The streams congeal’d, forget to…

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Elegy Vii. Anno Aetates Undevigesimo (Translated From Milton) By William Cowper

Elegy Vii. Anno Aetates Undevigesimo (Translated From Milton) As yet a stranger to the gentle fires That Amathusia’s smiling Queen inspires, Not seldom I derided…

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An Epistle To Robert Lloyd, Esq. By William Cowper

An Epistle To Robert Lloyd, Esq. ‘Tis not that I design to rob Thee of thy birthright, gentle Bob,– For thou art born sole heir…

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To William Hayley, Esq. June 29, 1793. By William Cowper

To William Hayley, Esq. June 29, 1793. Dear architect of fine Chateaux in air, Worthier to stand for ever, if they could, Than any built…

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The Winter Nosegay By William Cowper

The Winter Nosegay What Nature, alas! has denied To the delicate growth of our isle, Art has in a measure supplied, And winter is deck’d…

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The Poplar Field By William Cowper

The Poplar Field The poplars are felled, farewell to the shade And the whispering sound of the cool colonnade: The winds play no longer and…

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The Flatting-Mill. An Illustration By William Cowper

The Flatting-Mill. An Illustration When a bar of pure silver or ingot of gold Is sent to be flatted or wrought into length, It is…

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Sonnet Vi. (Translated From Milton) By William Cowper

Sonnet Vi. (Translated From Milton) Enamour’d, artless, young, on foreign ground, Uncertain whither from myself to fly, To thee, dear Lady, with an humble sigh…

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Pleading For And With Youth By William Cowper

Pleading For And With Youth Sin has undone our wretched race; But Jesus has restored, And brought the sinner face to face With his forgiving…

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On Observing Some Names Of Little Note Recorded In The Biographia Britannica By William Cowper

On Observing Some Names Of Little Note Recorded In The Biographia Britannica Oh fond attempt to give a deathless lot, To names ignoble, born to…

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Olney Hymn 56 Hatred Of Sin By William Cowper

Olney Hymn 56 Hatred Of Sin Holy Lord God! I love Thy truth, Nor dare Thy least commandment slight; Yet pierced by sin the serpent’s…

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Olney Hymn 23; Pleading For And With Youth By William Cowper

Olney Hymn 23; Pleading For And With Youth Sin has undone our wretched race; But Jesus has restored, And brought the sinner face to face…

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My Soul Thirsteth For God By William Cowper

My Soul Thirsteth For God I thirst, but not as once I did, The vain delights of earth to share; Thy wounds, Emmanuel, all forbid…

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Jehovah-Nissi The Lord My Banner By William Cowper

(Exodus, xvii.15) By whom was David taught To aim the deadly blow, When he Goliath fought, And laid the Gittite low? Nor sword nor spear…

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God Moves In A Mysterious Way By William Cowper

God Moves In A Mysterious Way God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform; He plants His footsteps in the sea, And rides…

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Conversation By William Cowper

Conversation Though nature weigh our talents, and dispense To every man his modicum of sense, And Conversation in its better part May be esteem’d a…

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Abuse Of The Gospel By William Cowper

Abuse Of The Gospel Too many, Lord, abuse Thy grace In this licentious day, And while they boast they see Thy face, They turn their…

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Wisdom By William Cowper

Wisdom (Proverbs, viii. 22-31) “Ere God had built the mountains, Or raised the fruitful hills; Before he fill’d the fountains That feed the running rills;…

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To My Father (Translated From Milton) By William Cowper

To My Father (Translated From Milton) Oh that Pieria’s spring would thro’ my breast Pour its inspiring influence, and rush No rill, but rather an…

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The Task Book V. — The Winter Morning Walk By William Cowper

The Task Book V. — The Winter Morning Walk ‘Tis morning; and the sun, with ruddy orb Ascending, fires the horizon; while the clouds, That…

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The Narrow Way By William Cowper

The Narrow Way What thousands never knew the road! What thousands hate it when ’tis known! None but the chosen tribes of God Will seek…

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