William Cowper

True Pleasures By William Cowper

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 too, in holiness, Still delighted I perceive; Nor have words that can express The joys Thy precepts give. Clothed in sanctity and grace, How sweet it is... »

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

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 a worthy priest The burden of my song. This priest he merry is and blithe Three quarters of the year, But oh! it cuts him like a scythe When tithing time dra... »

The Retired Cat By William Cowper

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 she might retire, And where, secure as mouse in chink, She might repose, or sit and think. I know not where she caught the trick– Nature perhaps herself had cas... »

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 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 gleaned From worn-out follies, now acknowledged such, To recommence life’s trial, in the hope Of fewer errors, on a second proof!’ Thus while ... »

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

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 Sir Isaac had his home, Who saw not (and with some delight Perhaps he view’d the novel sight) How numerous, at the tables there, The sparrows... »

Praise For Faith By William Cowper

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. Faith too, the blood-receiving grace, From the same hand we gain; Else, sweetly as it suits our case, That gift had been in vain. Till Thou Thy teaching powe... »

On Opening A Place For Social Prayer By William Cowper

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, And every place is hallow’d ground. For Thou, within no walls confined, Inhabitest the humble mind; Such ever bring Thee where they come ... »

Olney Hymn 57 The New Convert By William Cowper

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 his blooming branch on high. No fears he feels, he sees no foes, No conflict yet his faith employs, Nor has he learnt to whom he owes The str... »

Olney Hymn 24; Prayer For Children By William Cowper

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 Satan’s reign? Israel’s young ones, when of old Pharaoh threaten’d to withhold, Then Thy messenger said, ‘No; Let the children also go... »

No Sorrow Peculiar To The Sufferer By William Cowper

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 wretch as I!’ Yes! thousands have endured before All thy distress; some, haply, more. Unnumber’d Corydons complain, And Strephons, of the ... »

Jehovah-Nissi. The Lord My Banner By William Cowper

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 low? Nor sword nor spear the stripling took, But chose a pebble from the brook. ‘Twas Israel’s God and King Who sent him to the fight; Who gav... »

God Hides His People By William Cowper

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 the skies. Man, though a worm, would yet be great; Though feeble, would seem strong; Assumes an independent state, By sacrilege and wrong. Strange the reverse, which, once a... »

Denner’s Old Woman By William Cowper

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 age we see Not a trace of decline, what a wonder is she! No dimness of eye, and no cheek hanging low, No wrinkle, or deep-furrow’d frown on the brow! Her foreh... »

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

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 spheres for chords, for notes the stars; Let new-born gales discriminate the bars, Nor let old Time to measure times be slow. Hence to new Music of the eternal Lyre A... »

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 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 morn of all the year, The melody of May? And why, since thousands would be proud Of such a favour shown, Am I selected from the crowd To witness it alone... »

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

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 length restor’d. So God has greatly purpos’d; who would else In his dishonour’d works himself endure Dishonour, and be wrong’d without red... »

The Nativity By William Cowper

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 no longer this indifferent heart; The Lord of all things, in his humble birth, Makes mean the proud magnificence of earth; The straw, the manger, ... »

The Cock-Fighter’s Garland By William Cowper

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 the school from which he drew, The much or little that he knew, Nor place where he was born. That such a man once was, may seem Worthy of record, (if the... »

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

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 language that thou little know’st? How dar’st thou risque to sing these foreign strains? Say truly. Find’s... »

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) 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 Which bound the lid and lip secure. Forth came The rustling package first, bright straw of wheat, Or oats, or barley; next a bottle green Thro... »

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

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 vain To give a youthful air. Those wrinkles mock your daily toil, No labor will efface ’em, You wear a mask of smoothest oil, Yet still with ease we trace ’e... »

Olney Hymn 45 The Happy Change By William Cowper

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, The dayspring from on high! Through all the storms that veil the skies And frown on earthly things, The Sun of Righteousness he eyes, With healing on His wings. Struck by... »

Olney Hymn 13; The Covenant By William Cowper

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, henceforth, the Lord alone. ‘My grace, a flowing stream, proceeds To wash your filthiness away; Ye shall abhor your former deeds, And lear... »

Love Abused By William Cowper

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 marriage bond divine? The stream of pure and genuine love Derive its current from above; And earth a second Eden shows, Where’er the healing water flows; But ah, if ... »

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

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, commemorating Worthies lost, The dead in whom that good abounded most. Thee, therefore, of commercial fame, but more Famed for thy probity from shore to shore; Thee, ... »

Epitaph On Mr. Chester Of Chicheley By William Cowper

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. Tears therefore fall where Chester’s ashes sleep; Him wife, friends, brothers, children, servants, weep; And justly — few shall ever him transcend As husband... »

Boadicea. An Ode By William Cowper

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 a spreading oak Sat the Druid, hoary chief; Every burning word he spoke Full of rage, and full of grief. Princess! if our aged eyes Weep up... »

A Comparison. Addressed To A Young Lady By William Cowper

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 along, Far from the world’s gay busy throng: With gentle yet prevailing force, Intent upon her destined course; Graceful and useful all she does, Ble... »

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 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 deny She would have thank’d thee rather hadst thou cast A treasure in her way; for neither meed Of early breakfast, to dispel the fumes, And bowel-racking pain... »

To Health (From The Greek) By William Cowper

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 to live: For in power if pleasure be Wealth or numerous progeny Or in amorous embrace, Where no spy infests the place; Or in aught that Heaven bestows To ... »

The Swallow By William Cowper

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 earth do we see her alight! She dwells in the skies, she is ever above. It is on the wing that she takes her repose, Suspended and poised in the regions of air, ‘Tis n... »

The Joy Of The Cross By William Cowper

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 shall wipe my streaming eyes; Or into smiles of glad surprise Transform the falling tear. My sole possession is thy love; In earth beneath, or heaven above, I have no other st... »

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 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 like to be o’er, I’ll sing you a song that you ne’er heard before, Which nobody can deny, deny, Which nobody can deny. When I first heard the news it gave m... »

Sardis By William Cowper

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: All thy works and ways I search, Find thy zeal and love decay’d; Thou art call’d a living church, But thou art cold a... »

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

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! Her favourite, even in his cage, (What will not hunger’s cruel rage?) Assassined by a thief. Where Rhenus strays his vin... »

Olney Hymn 67 Longing To Be With Christ By William Cowper

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 me, ye cherubim, up, And waft me away to His throne! My Saviour, whom absent I love, Whom, not having seen I adore; Whose name is exalted above All glory, dominion, and power; Dissolve thou... »

Olney Hymn 34 The Waiting Soul By William Cowper

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 word, And call the spices forth! I wish, Thou knowest, to be resign’d, And wait with patient hope; But hope delay’d fatigues the mind, And drinks the spirits up... »

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

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 aid, The Saviour will appear. This Abraham found: he raised the knife; God saw, and said, ‘Forbear! Yon ram shall yield his meaner life; Behold... »

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

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! Conspire to honour thee. They best can judge a poet’s worth, Who oft themselves have known The pangs of a poetic birth By lab... »

Horace, Book I. Ode Ix. By William Cowper

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 flow, Come, thaw the cold, and lay a cheerful pile Of fuel on the hearth; Broach the best cask and make old winter smile With seasonable mirth. Thi... »

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

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 Cupid’s darts, And scorn’d his claim to rule all human hearts. Go, child, I said, transfix the tim’rous dove, An e... »

An Epistle To Robert Lloyd, Esq. By William Cowper

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 and single Of dear Mat Prior’s easy jingle; Nor that I mean, while thus I knit My threadbare sentiments together, To show my genius or my wit, When God an... »

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

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 of stone, or yet of wood, For back of royal elephant to bear; Oh for permission from the skies to share, Much to my own, though little to thy good, With thee, (not... »

The Winter Nosegay By William Cowper

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 with a smile. See, Mary, what beauties I bring From the shelter of that sunny shed, Where the flowers have the charms of the spring, Though abroad they are frozen ... »

The Poplar Field By William Cowper

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 sing in the leaves, Nor Ouse on his bosom their image receives. Twelve years have elapsed since I first took a view Of my favourite field, and the bank where th... »

The Flatting-Mill. An Illustration By William Cowper

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 pass’d between cylinders often, and roll’d In an engine of utmost mechanical strength. Thus tortured and squeezed, at last it appears Like a loose heap of rib... »

Sonnet Vi. (Translated From Milton) By William Cowper

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 Let me devote my heart, which I have found By certain proofs not few, intrepid, sound, Good, and addicted to conceptions high: When te... »

Pleading For And With Youth By William Cowper

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 Lord. This we repeat from year to year And press upon our youth; Lord, give them an attentive ear, Lord, save them by Thy truth! Blessings upon the rising race... »

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 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 be forgot! In vain recorded in historic page, They court the notice of a future age, Those twinkling tiny lustres of the land Drop one by one from fame̵... »

Olney Hymn 56 Hatred Of Sin By William Cowper

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 tooth, I mourn the anguish of the bite. But though the poison lurks within, Hope bids me still with patience wait; Till death shall set me free from sin, Free fr... »

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

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 With his forgiving Lord. This we repeat from year to year And press upon our youth; Lord, give them an attentive ear, Lord, save them by Thy truth! Blessings upon ... »

My Soul Thirsteth For God By William Cowper

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 That I should seek my pleasures there. It was the sight of Thy dear cross First wean’d my soul from earthly things; And taught me to esteem as dross The mirth of foo... »

Jehovah-Nissi The Lord My Banner By William Cowper

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 the stripling took, But chose a pebble from the brook. ‘Twas Israel’s God and King Who sent him to the fight; Who gave him strength to sling, And skil... »

God Moves In A Mysterious Way By William Cowper

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 upon the storm. Deep in unfathomable mines Of never-failing skill He treasures up His bright designs, And works His sovereign will. Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,... »

Conversation By William Cowper

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 gift, and not an art, Yet much depends, as in the tiller’s toil, On culture, and the sowing of the soil. Words learn’d by rote a parrot may ... »

Abuse Of The Gospel By William Cowper

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 own away. Thy book displays a gracious light That can the blind restore; But these are dazzled by the sight, And blinded still the more. The pardon such presume upon, T... »

Wisdom By William Cowper

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; In me from everlasting, The wonderful I am, Found pleasures never wasting, And Wisdom is my name. “When, like a tent to dwell i... »

To My Father (Translated From Milton) By William Cowper

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 o’erflowing flood! That, for my venerable Father’s sake All meaner themes renounced, my Muse, on wings Of Duty borne, might reach ... »

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

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 crowd away before the driving wind, More ardent as the disk emerges more, Resemble most some city in a blaze, Seen through the leafless wood. His slanting r... »

The Narrow Way By William Cowper

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 or choose it for their own. A thousand ways in ruin end, One only leads to joys on high; By that my willing steps ascend, Pleased with a journey to the sky. No... »