William Cowper

1731 - 1800

A Quote by William Cowper on charm, garden, and grace

E'vn in the stifling bosom of the town, A garden, in which nothing thrives, has charms That soothes the rich possessor; much consol'd, That here and there some sprigs of mournful mint, Or nightshade, or valerian, grace the well He cultivates.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: The Task, 1785

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A Quote by William Cowper on blessings, courage, design, failure, god, grace, judgment, mercy, plants, providence, saints, skill, and trust

God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm. Deep in unfathomable mines Of never failing skill He treasures up his bright designs, And works his sovereign will. Ye fearful saints fresh courage take, The clouds ye so much dread Are big with mercy, and shall break In blessings on your head. Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, But trust him for his grace; Behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Olney Hymns

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A Quote by William Cowper on happiness and nature

Happiness depends, as Nature shows, Less on exterior things than most suppose.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Table Talk. Line 246.

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A Quote by William Cowper on humility, knowledge, learning, and wisdom

Knowledge is proud that he has learn'd so much; Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: The Winter Walk at Noon

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A Quote by William Cowper on day and life

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Beware of desperate steps; the darkest day, Lived till tomorrow, will have passed away.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Retirement

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A Quote by William Cowper on home

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How much a dunce that has been sent to roam Excels a dunce that has been kept at home!

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: The Progress of Error. Line 415.

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A Quote by William Cowper on simplicity

Elegant as simplicity, and warm As ecstasy.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Table Talk. Line 588.

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A Quote by William Cowper on country, faults, and love

England, with all thy faults I love thee still, My country!

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: The Task, book ii. The Timepiece, line 206.

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A Quote by William Cowper on absence, death, despair, hope, and love

Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

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A Quote by William Cowper

I cannot talk with civet in the room, A fine puss-gentleman that 's all perfume.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Conversation. Line 283.

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