Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast, Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round, And while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn Throws up a steamy column, and the cups, That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each, So let us welcome peaceful evening in.
The Task (1785), Book IV, line 36.
Seek to delight, that they may mend mankind, And, while they captivate, inform the mind.William Cowper
As creeping ivy clings to wood or stone, And hides the ruin that it feeds upon, So sophistry, cleaves close to, and protects Sin's rotten trunk, concealing its defects.William Cowper
The solemn fog; significant and budge; A fool with judges, amongst fools a judge.William Cowper
Would I describe a preacher, * * * * I would express him simple, grave, sincere; In doctrine uncorrupt; in language plain, And plain in manner; decent, solemn, chaste, And natural in gesture; much impress'd Himself, as conscious of his awful charge, And anxious mainly that the flock he feeds May feel it too; affectionate in look, And tender in address, as well becomes A messenger of grace to guilty men.William Cowper
Thus first necessity invented stools, Convenience next suggested elbow-chairs, And luxury the accomplished sofa last.William Cowper
A kick that scarce would move a horseMay kill a sound divine.William Cowper
There goes the parson, O illustrious spark!And there, scarce less illustrious, goes the clerk.William Cowper
Nor rural sights alone, but rural sounds Exhilarate the spirit, and restore The tone of languid Nature.William Cowper
Could he with reason murmur at his case, Himself sole author of his own disgrace?William Cowper
Absence of occupation is not rest. A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.William Cowper
Wisdom and goodness are twin-born. One heart must hold both sisters, never seen apart.William Cowper
The Cross! There, and there only (though the deist rave, And atheist, if Earth bears so base a slave); There and there only, is the power to save.William Cowper
But war's a game, which, were their subjects wise, Kings should not play at. Nations would do well To extort their truncheons from the puny hands Of heroes, whose infirm and baby minds Are gratified with mischief, and who spoil, Because men suffer it, their toy the world.William Cowper
There is a fountain fill'd with bloodDrawn from Emmanuel's veins;And sinners, plung'd beneath that flood,Lose all their guilty stains.William Cowper
But oars alone can ne'er prevailTo reach the distant coast;The breath of Heaven must swell the sail,Or all the toil is lost.William Cowper
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