William Cowper

English surgeon who discovered Cowper's gland (1666-1709) English poet who wrote hymns and poetry about nature (1731-1800)

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Fanaticism soberly defined, is the false fire of an over heated mind.
Glory built on selfish principles is shame and guilt.
He has no hope who never had a fear.
He that holds fast the golden mean, And lives contentedly between The little and the great, Feels not the want that pinch the poor, Nor plagues that haunt the rich man's door.
I pity them greatly, but I must be mum, for how could we do without sugar and rum?
Nature is a good name for an effect whose cause is God.
O Winter ruler of the inverted year, . . . I crown thee king of intimate delights, Fireside enjoyments, home-born happiness, And all the comforts that the lowly roof Of undisturb'd Retirement, and the hours Of long uninterrupted evening, know.
O, popular applause! what heart of man is proof against thy sweet, seducing charms?
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.
Religion! what treasure untold resides in that heavenly word!
Remorse, the fatal egg that pleasure laid.
The darkest day, If you live till tomorrow will have past away.
The life of ease is a difficult pursuit.
The man that hails you Tom or Jack, and proves by thumps upon your back how he esteems your merit, is such a friend, that one had need be very much his friend indeed to pardon or to bear it.
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.

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