William Cowper Quotes

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William Cowper Quotes

Remorse, the fatal egg by pleasure laid,
In every bosom where her nest is made,
Hatched by the beams of truth, denies him rest,
And proves a raging scorpion in his breast.
— William Cowper —

If the world like it not, so much the worse for them.

— William Cowper

The innocent seldom find an uncomfortable pillow.

— William Cowper

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

— William Cowper

O, popular applause! what heart of man is proof against thy sweet, seducing charms?

— William Cowper

The bud may have a bitter taste, But sweet will be the flower.

— William Cowper

What is there in the vale of lifeHalf so delightful as a wife;When friendship, love and peace combineTo stamp the marriage-bond divine?

— William Cowper

No, Freedom has a thousand charms to show
That slaves, howe'er contented, never know.

— William Cowper

Remorse, the fatal egg by pleasure laid,
In every bosom where her nest is made,
Hatched by the beams of truth, denies him rest,
And proves a raging scorpion in his breast.

— William Cowper

Oh to have a lodge in some vast wilderness. Where rumors of oppression and deceit, of unsuccessful and successful wars may never reach me anymore.

— William Cowper

And, of all lies (be that one poet's boast) / The lie that flatters I abhor the most.

— William Cowper

Poor England! thou art a devoted deer,
Beset with every ill but that of fear.
The nations hunt; all mock thee for a prey;
They swarm around thee, and thou stand'st at bay.

— William Cowper

Sacred interpreter of human thought,
How few respect or use thee as they ought!
But all shall give account of every wrong,
Who dare dishonor or defile the tongue;
Who prostitute it in the cause of vice,
Or sell their glory at a market-price!

— William Cowper

I was a poet too; but modern taste
Is so refined and delicate and chaste,
That verse, whatever fire the fancy warms,
Without a creamy smoothness has no charms.
Thus, all success depending on an ear,
And thinking I might purchase it too dear,
If sentiment were sacrific'd to sound,
And truth cut short to make a period round,
I judg'd a man of sense could scarce do worse
Than caper in the morris-dance of verse.

— William Cowper

How fleet is a glance of the mind! Compared with the speed of its flight, The tempest itself lags behind, And the swift-winged arrows of light.

— William Cowper

Mercy to him that shows it, is the rule.

— William Cowper

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