Poems by William Cowper

Poems by William Cowper

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ... sentiments as no better than empty declamation; but it is an ill symptom, and peculiar to modern times. With musick, such as suits their sov'reign ears--The sighs and groans of miserable men! There's not an English heart that would not leap To hear that ye were fall'n at last; to know 390 That e'en our enemies, so oft employ'd In forging chains for us, themselves were free. For he who values Liberty, confines His zeal for her predominance within No narrow bounds; her cause engages him 396 Wherever pleaded. 'Tis the cause of man. There dwell the most forlorn of human kind, Immur'd though unaccus'd, conderan'd untried, Cruelly spar'd, and hopeless of escape. There, like the visionary emblem seen 400 By him of Babylon, life stands a stump, And, filleted about with hoops of brass, Still lives, though all his pleasant boughs are gone. To count the hour-bell and expect no change; And ever as the sullen sound is heard, 405 Still to reflect, that, though a joyless note To him whose moments all have one dull pace, Ten thousand rovers in the world at large Account it musick; that it summons some To theatre, or jocund feast, or ball; 410 The wearied hireling finds it a release From labour; and the lover, who has chid r Its long delay, feels ev'ry welcome stroke Upon his heart-strings, trembling with delight--To fly for refuge from distracting thought 415 To such amusements as ingenious wo Contrives, hard shifting, and without her tools--To read engraven on the mouldy walls, In stagg'ring types, his predecessor's tale, A sad memorial, and subjoin his own--4120 To turn purveyor to an overgorg'd V And bloated spider, till the pamper'd pest Is made familiar, watches his approach, Comes at his call, and serves him for a friend--Vol. II. 10 To wear out...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236877918
  • 9781236877918