Who is William Lisle Bowles

William Lisle Bowles (24 September 1762 – 7 April 1850) was an English priest, poet and critic.

Life and career Bowles was born at King's Sutton, Northamptonshire, where his father was vicar. At the age of 14 he entered Winchester College, where the headmaster at the time was Dr Joseph Warton. In 1781 Bowles left as captain of the school, and went on to Trinity College, Oxford, where he had won a scholarship. Two years later he won the Chancellor's prize for Latin verse.

Bowles came from a line of Church of England clergymen. His great-grandfather Matthew Bowles (1652–1742), grandfather Dr Thomas Bowles (1696–1773) and father William Thomas Bowles (1728–86) had all been parish priests. After taking his degree at Oxford, Bowles...
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William Lisle Bowles Poems

  • The Egyptian Tomb
    Pomp of Egypt's elder day,
    Shade of the mighty passed away,
    Whose giant works still frown sublime
    'Mid the twilight shades of Time; ...
  • Christmas Hymn. (from The Villager's Verse-book.)
    Hark! angel voices from the sky
    Proclaim a Saviour's birth;
    Glory, they sing, to God on high,
    Peace and goodwill on earth! ...
  • The Swan. (from The Villager's Verse-book.)
    Look at the swan! how still he goes!
    His neck and breast like silver gleam;
    He seems majestic as he rows;
    The glory of the lonely stream. ...
  • Silchester, The Ancient Caleva.[199]
    The wild pear whispers, and the ivy crawls,
    Along the circuit of thine ancient walls,
    Lone city of the dead! and near this mound,[200]
    The buried coins of mighty men are found, ...
  • Sonnet. Written In A Copy Of Falconer's "shipwreck."
    What pale and bleeding youth, whilst the fell blast
    Howls o'er the wreck, and fainter sinks the cry
    Of struggling wretches ere, o'erwhelmed, they die,
    Yet floats upborne upon the driving mast! ...
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  • Page_upon_page: the poetical works of william lisle bowles .. (published: 1855) full text:
  • Book_addict: happy birthday to english writer and poet william lisle bowles (september 24, 1762), author of "the grave of the last saxon"(1822) et al.
  • Martinurch: mindful living “i sighed with delight as we stole down the stream, while the sun, as he smiled on our sail, seemed to say, rejoice in my light, ere it fade fast away! ” — william lisle bowles. image ©️: martin urch
  • Smartcontent14: time and grief o time! who know'st a lenient hand to lay softest on sorrow's wound, and slowly thence (lulling to sad repose the weary sense) the faint pang stealest unperceived away; on thee i rest my only hope at last, and think, when thou hast dried ... by william lisle bowles
  • Herefordgen: have just come across the revd william lisle bowles: his parsonage house at brenhill is beautifully situated; but he has a good deal frittered away its beauty with grottos, hermitages, & shenstonian inscriptions:
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