Who is William CowperWilliam 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.
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William Cowper Poems
- Extract From A Sunday-school Hymn
Hear, Lord, the song of praise and prayer,
In heaven thy dwelling-place,
From infants, made the public care,
And taught to seek thy face! ...
- Translation Of: The Odyssey Of Homer: Book Xiv
Ulysses arriving at the house of Eumëus, is hospitably entertained, and spends the night there.
- To John Johnston, Esq., On His Presenting Me With An Antique Bust Of Homer
Kinsman beloved, and as a son, by me!
When I behold the fruit of thy regard,
The sculptured form of my old favourite bard,
I reverence feel for him, and love for thee: ...
- To Leonora, Singing In Rome.
Angelus unicuique suus (sic credite gentes)
Obtigit aethereis ales ab ordinibus.
Quid mirum? Leonora tibi si gloria major,
Nam tua praesentem vox sonat ipsa Deum. ...
- Verses Printed By Himself, On A Flood At Olney
To watch the storms, and hear the sky
Give all our almanacks the lie;
To shake with cold, and see the plains
In autumn drown'd with wintry rains; ...
Top 10 most used topics by William CowperLove 193 I Love You 193 God 172 Heart 153 Soul 132 Never 131 Sweet 131 Long 114 Life 113 Light 109
William Cowper Quotes
- Glory built on selfish principles is shame and guilt.
- He has no hope who never had a fear.
- Words learned by rote a parrot may rehearse; but talking is not always to converse, not more distinct from harmony divine, the constant creaking of a country sign.
Comments about William Cowper
- Dswiebe: ye fearful saints, fresh courage take; the clouds ye so much dread are big with mercy and shall break in blessings on your head. “god moves in a mysterious way” william cowper, 1774
- Jtkidd24: anything of william cowper put to music is rich
- In_charlottenc: absence of occupation is not rest. – william cowper
- Wolvestravelers: "a fool must now and then be right, by chance." - william cowper
- Theverystones: absence of occupation is not rest; a mind quite vacant is a mind distressed. - william cowper