Who is William Cowper

William Cowper (/ˈkuːpər/ KOO-pər; 26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800)[a] was an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time, Cowper changed the direction of 18th century nature poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside. In many ways, he was one of the forerunners of Romantic poetry. Samuel Taylor Coleridge called him "the best modern poet", whilst William Wordsworth particularly admired his poem Yardley-Oak.

After being institutionalised for insanity, Cowper found refuge in a fervent evangelical Christianity. He continued to suffer doubt and, after a dream in 1773, believed that he was doomed to eternal damnation. He recovered and wrote more religious hymns.

His religious sentiment and associat...
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Love 193 I Love You 193 God 172 Heart 153 Soul 132 Never 131 Sweet 131 Long 114 Life 113 Light 109

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  • In_philadelphia: absence of occupation is not rest. – william cowper
  • Ukcjc: “the dearest idol i have known, whatever that idol be, help me to tear it from thy throne and worship only thee.” - william cowper
  • Quotebotproject: knowledge is proud that it knows so much; wisdom is humble that it knows no more. -- by william cowper
  • Susanjae: oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts. it's what you do with what you have left. - william cowper
  • S_benefield: psalm 119:164 "7 times a day do i praise thee because of thy righteous judgments." "affections of the soul cannot long be kept secret." -william cowper
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Come not before me now, O visionary face!
Me tempest-tost, and borne along life's passionate sea;
Troublous and dark and stormy though my passage be;
Not here and now may we commingle or embrace,
Lest the loud anguish of the waters should efface
The bright illumination of thy memory,
Which dominates the night; rest, far away from me,
In the serenity of thine abiding-place!

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