William Cowper Quotes (364 quotes)
“England, with all thy faults, I love thee still—
My country! and, while yet a nook is left
Where English minds and manners may be found,
Shall be constrained to love thee.”
The Task (1785)
“Ceremony leads her bigots forth, prepared to fight for shadows of no worth. While truths, on which eternal things depend, can hardly find a single friend.”
The Poems of William Cowper (1835), p. 65, "Expostulation"
“Am I to set my life upon a throw, Because a bear is rude and surly? No — A moral, sensible, and well-bred man, Will not affront me, and no other can.”
Life and Works of William Cowper, by Robert Southey, Vol. VIII (1836), p. 260, "Conversation"
The poetical works of William Cowper: with notes and a memoir by John Bruce (1865 edition)
“God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.”
The opening statement is often paraphrased: God moves in mysterious ways his wonders to perform. - Olney Hymns (1779)
“Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill,
He treasures up his bright designs,
And works his sovereign will.”
No. 35, Light Shining out of Darkness. - Olney Hymns (1779)
“I praise the Frenchman, his remark was shrewd —
How sweet, how passing sweet, is solitude!
But grant me still a friend in my retreat
Whom I may whisper — solitude is sweet.”
The Task (1785)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsWilliam Cowper
Born: November 26, 1731
Died: April 25, 1800 (aged 68)
Bio: William Cowper was an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time, Cowper changed the direction of 18th century nature poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside. In many ways, he was one of the forerunners of Romantic poetry.