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Abraham Cowley (1618-1667)

English poet and essayist

I would not fear nor wish my fate,
But boldly say each night,
To-morrow let my sun his beams display,
Or in clouds hide them; I have lived to-day.

ABRAHAM COWLEY, Of Myself

The world's a scene of changes, and to be
Constant, in Nature were inconstancy.

ABRAHAM COWLEY, Inconstancy

Who lets slip Fortune, her shall never find.
Occasion once pass'd by, is bald behind.

ABRAHAM COWLEY, Pyramus and Thisbe

Nothing is there to come, and nothing past,
But an eternal Now does always last.

ABRAHAM COWLEY, Davideis

Life is an incurable disease.

ABRAHAM COWLEY, To Dr. Scarborough

The total loss of reason is less deplorable than the total deprivation of it.

ABRAHAM COWLEY, Essays and Selected Verse

Sleep is a god too proud to wait in palaces, and yet so humble too as not to scorn the meanest country cottages.

ABRAHAM COWLEY, The Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley

Thee are the spells that to kind sleep invite,
And nothing does within resistance make,
Which yet we moderately take;
Who would not choose to be awake.

ABRAHAM COWLEY, The Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley


Abraham Cowley Poems - a collection of his poetry.

Abraham Cowley Bibliography - a bibliography, including list of critical resources.

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