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Abraham Cowley

What shall I do to be forever known, And make the age to come my own?
Abraham Cowley age
His time is forever, everywhere his place.
Abraham Cowley time
Fond archer, Hope! who tak'st thy aim so far, That still or short, or wide thine arrows are!
Abraham Cowley hope
Why to mute fish should'st thou thyself discover And not to me, thy no less silent lover?
Abraham Cowley love
To be a husbandman, is but a retreat from the city; to be a philosopher, from the world; or rather, a retreat from the world, as it is man's, into the world, as it is God's.
Abraham Cowley world
Life is an incurable disease.
Abraham Cowley sea
We spent them not in toys, in lusts, or wine, But search of deep philosophy, Wit, eloquence, and poetry; Arts which I lov'd, for they, my friend, were thine.
Abraham Cowley philosophy
His faith, perhaps, in some nice tenets might Be wrong; his life, I 'm sure, was in the right.
Abraham Cowley life
The thirsty earth soaks up the rain, And drinks, and gapes for drink again; The plants suck in the earth, and are With constant drinking fresh and fair.
Abraham Cowley art
Fill all the glasses there, for why Should every creature drink but I? Why, man of morals, tell me why?
Abraham Cowley man
A mighty pain to love it is, And 't is a pain that pain to miss; But of all pains, the greatest pain It is to love, but love in vain.
Abraham Cowley love
Hope, of all ills that men endure, The only cheap and universal cure.
Abraham Cowley men
Th' adorning thee with so much art Is but a barb'rous skill; 'T is like the pois'ning of a dart, Too apt before to kill.
Abraham Cowley art
Nothing is there to come, and nothing past, But an eternal now does always last.
Abraham Cowley past
When Israel was from bondage led, Led by the Almighty's hand From out of foreign land, The great sea beheld and fled.
Abraham Cowley age
An harmless flaming meteor shone for hair, And fell adown his shoulders with loose care.
Abraham Cowley care
The monster London laugh at me.
Abraham Cowley laugh
Let but thy wicked men from out thee go, And all the fools that crowd thee so, Even thou, who dost thy millions boast, A village less than Islington wilt grow, A solitude almost.
Abraham Cowley men
The fairest garden in her looks, And in her mind the wisest books.
Abraham Cowley books
God the first garden made, and the first city Cain.
Abraham Cowley city
Hence, ye profane! I hate ye all, Both the great vulgar and the small.
Abraham Cowley hate
Charm'd with the foolish whistling of a name.
Abraham Cowley wit
Words that weep and tears that speak.
Abraham Cowley tears
We griev'd, we sigh'd, we wept; we never blush'd before.
Abraham Cowley
Thus would I double my life's fading space; For he that runs it well, runs twice his race.
Abraham Cowley life
Awake, awake, my Lyre! And tell thy silent master's humble tale In sounds that may prevail; Sounds that gentle thoughts inspire: Though so exalted she And I so lowly be Tell her, such different notes make all thy harmony.
Abraham Cowley thoughts
Beauty, thou wild fantastic ape Who dost in every country change thy shape!
Abraham Cowley change
To virgin minds, which yet their native whiteness hold, Not yet discoloured with the love of gold (That jaundice of the soul, Which makes it look so gilded and so foul)
Abraham Cowley love
If of their pleasures and desires no end be found; God to their cares and fears will set no bound. What would content you? Who can tell? Ye fear so much to lose what you have got As if ye liked it well. Ye strive for more, as if ye liked it not.
Abraham Cowley fear
Solitude can be used well by very few people. They who do must have a knowledge of the world to see the foolishness of it, and enough virtue to despise all the vanity.
Abraham Cowley knowledge
The world's a scene of changes, and to be constant, in nature were inconstancy.
Abraham Cowley change
Curiosity does, no less than devotion, pilgrims make.
Abraham Cowley devotion
His faith perhaps in some nice tenets might be wrong; his life, I'm sure, was always in the right.
Abraham Cowley life
Hope! of all ills that men endure, the only cheap and universal cure.
Abraham Cowley men
Nothing is to come, and nothing past: But an eternal now, does always last.
Abraham Cowley past
Lukewarmness I account a sin, as great in love as in religion.
Abraham Cowley love
Of all ills that one endures, hope is a cheap and universal cure.
Abraham Cowley hope
This only grant me, that my means may lie too low for envy, for contempt too high.
Abraham Cowley lie

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