William Cowper Poems

  • 201.  
    Happy songster, perch'd above,
    On the summit of the grove, Whom a dewdrop cheers to sing
  • 202.  
    My former hopes are fled,
    My terror now begins; I feel, alas! that I am dead
  • 203.  
    In language warm as could be breathed or penned
    Thy picture speaks the original my friend, Not by those looks that indicate thy mind,
  • 204.  
    Hair, wax, rouge, honey, teeth you buy,
    A multifarious store! A mask at once would all supply
  • 205.  
    (Jeremiah, xxiii.6)
    My God, how perfect are Thy ways!
  • 206.  
    I thirst, but not as once I did,
    The vain delights of earth to share; Thy wounds, Emmanuel, all forbid
  • 207.  
    Winter has a joy for me,
    While the Saviour's charms I read, Lowly, meek, from blemish free,
  • 208.  
    The pine-apples, in triple row,
    Were basking hot, and all in blow; A bee of most discerning taste
  • 209.  
    Almighty King! whose wondrous hand
    Supports the weight of sea and land; Whose grace is such a boundless store,
  • 210.  
    Farewell! endued with all that could engage
    All hearts to love thee, both in youth and age! In prime of life, for sprightliness enrolled
  • 211.  
    Eldest born of powers divine!
    Bless'd Hygeia! be it mine To enjoy what thou canst give,
  • 212.  
    My soul is sad, and much dismay'd;
    See, Lord, what legions of my foes, With fierce Apollyon at their head,
  • 213.  
    The Birds put off their every hue,
    To dress a room for Montagu. The peacock sends his heavenly dyes,
  • 214.  
    God of my life, to Thee I call,
    Afflicted at Thy feet I fall; When the great water-floods prevail,
  • 215.  
    Receive, dear friend, the truths I teach,
    So shalt thou live beyond the reach Of adverse fortune's power;
  • 216.  
    Cocoa-nut naught,
    Fish too dear, None must be bought,
  • 217.  
    My rose, Gravina, blooms anew;
    And steeped not now in rain, But in Castalian streams by you,
  • 218.  
    'Ere God had built the mountains,
    Or raised the fruitful hills; Before he fill'd the fountains
  • 219.  
    The noon was shady, and soft airs
    Swept Ouseâ??s silent tide, When, â??scaped from literary cares,
  • 220.  
    Grace, triumphant in the throne,
    Scorns a rival, reigns alone; Come and bow beneath her sway;
  • 221.  
    (Genesis, xxii.14)
    The saints should never be dismay'd,
  • 222.  
    Take to thy bosom, gentle earth, a swain
    With much hard labor in thy service worn! He set the vines that clothe yon ample plain,
  • 223.  
    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
  • 224.  
    What virtue, or what mental grace
    But men unqualified and base Will boast it their possession?
  • 225.  
    O thou, by long experience tried,
    Near whom no grief can long abide; My love! how full of sweet content
  • 226.  
    Two neighbours furiously dispute;
    A field--the subject of the suit. Trivial the spot, yet such the rage
  • 227.  
    (Hebrews, iv.2)
    Israel in ancient days
  • 228.  
    Would my Delia know if I love, let her take
    My last thought at night, and the first when I wake; With my prayers and best wishes preferred for her sake.
  • 229.  
    Could Homer come himself, distressed and poor
    And tune his harp at Rhedicina's door, The rich old vixen would exclaim, (I fear,)
  • 230.  
    The nymph must lose her female friend
    If more admired than she, - But where will fierce contention end
  • 231.  
    This cabin, Mary, in my sight appears,
    Built as it has been in our waning years, A rest afforded to our weary feet,
  • 232.  
    Gracious Lord, our children see,
    By Thy mercy we are free; But shall these, alas! remain
  • 233.  
    Apelles, hearing that his boy
    Had just expired--his only joy! Although the sight with anguish tore him,
  • 234.  
    Charon! receive a family on board
    Itself sufficient for thy crazy yawl, Apollo and Diana, for a word
  • 235.  
    My mother! if thou love me, name no more
    My noble birth! Sounding at every breath My noble birth, thou kill'st me. Thither fly,
  • 236.  
    Peace has unveiled her smiling face,
    And wooes thy soul to her embrace, Enjoyed with ease, if thou refrain
  • 237.  
    All are indebted much to thee,
    But I far more than all, From many a deadly snare set free,
  • 238.  
    The rose had been washed, just washed in a shower
    Which Mary to Anna conveyed; The plentiful moisture encumbered the flower,
  • 239.  
    Trust me the meed of praise, dealt thriftily
    From the nice scale of judgement, honours more Than does the lavish and o'erbearing tide
  • 240.  
    Israel in ancient days
    Not only had a view Of Sinai in a blaze,
  • 241.  
    A needle, small as small can be,
    In bulk and use surpasses me, Nor is my purchase dear;
  • 242.  
    The Saviour, what a noble flame
    Was kindled in his breast, When hasting to Jerusalem,
  • 243.  
    Oh how I love Thy holy Word,
    Thy gracious covenant, O Lord! It guides me in the peaceful way;
  • 244.  
    Wilds horrid and dark with o'er shadowing trees,
    Rocks that ivy and briers infold, Scenes nature with dread and astonishment sees,
  • 245.  
    Source of love, and light of day,
    Tear me from myself away; Every view and thought of mine
  • 246.  
    Man, on the dubious waves of error toss'd,
    His ship half founder'd, and his compass lost, Sees, far as human optics may command,
  • 247.  
    Poets attempt the noblest task they can,
    Praising the Author of all good in man, And, next, commemorating Worthies lost,
  • 248.  
    Miltiades! thy valor best
    (Although in every region known) The men of Persia can attest,
  • 249.  
    Farewell, false hearts! whose best affections fail,
    Like shallow brooks which summer suns exhale; Forgetful of the man whom once ye chose,
  • 250.  
    Too many, Lord, abuse Thy grace
    In this licentious day, And while they boast they see Thy face,
Total 532 poems written by William Cowper

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