The Poetical Works Of William Cowper; In Three Volumes

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byWilliam 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. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...an intended good, Puff'd up with gifts they never understood. He judged them with as terrible a frown, As if not love, but wrath, had brought him down: Yet he was gentle as soft summer airs, Had grace for others' sins, but none for theirs; Through all he spoke a noble plainness ran--Rhetoric is artifice, the work of man; And tricks and turns, that fancy may devise, Are far too mean for Him that rules the skies. The astonish'd vulgar trembled while he tore The mask from faces never seen before; He stripp'd the impostors in the noonday sun, Show'd that they follow'd all they seem'd to shun; Their prayers made public, their excesses kept As private as the chambers where they slept; The temple and its holy rites profaned By mummeries He that dwelt in it disdain'd; Uplifted hands, that at convenient times Could act extortion and the worst of crimes, Wash'd with a neatness scrupulously nice, And free from every taint but that of vice. Judgment, however tardy, mends her pace When obstinacy once has conquer'd grace. They saw distemper heal'd, and life restored, In answer to the fiat of his word; Confess'd the wonder, and with daring tongue Blasphemed the authority from which it sprung. They knew, by sure prognostics seen on high, The future tone and temper of the sky; But, grave dissemblers! could not understand That sin let loose speaks punishment at hand. Ask now of history's authentic page, And call up evidence from every age; Display with busy and laborious hand The blessings of the most indebted land; What nation will you find, whose annals prove So rich an interest in Almighty love? Where dwell they now, where dwelt in ancient day A people planted, water'd, blest as they? Let Egypt's plagues and Canaan's woes proclaim The favours pour'd...

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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. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...an intended good, Puff'd up with gifts they never understood. He judged them with as terrible a frown, As if no...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:90 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217606318

ISBN - 13:9780217606318

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