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William Cowper

Geburtstag: 26. November 1731
Todesdatum: 25. April 1800

William Cowper war ein englischer Rechtsanwalt und Dichter.

Photo: Lemuel Francis Abbott / Public domain

Zitate William Cowper

„Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much;
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.“

—  William Cowper, The Task

Quelle: The Task (1785), Book VI, Winter Walk at Noon, Line 92.
Kontext: Knowledge, a rude unprofitable mass,
The mere materials with which wisdom builds,
Till smoothed and squared and fitted to its place,
Does but encumber whom it seems to enrich.
Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much;
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
Books are not seldom talismans and spells.

„Silently as a dream the fabric rose —
No sound of hammer or of saw was there.“

—  William Cowper, The Task

Quelle: The Task (1785), Book V, The Winter Morning Walk, Line 144.

„Regions Caesar never knew
Thy posterity shall sway“

—  William Cowper

"Boadicea" (1782).
Kontext: "Regions Caesar never knew
Thy posterity shall sway;
Where his eagles never flew,
None invincible as they."Such the bard's prophetic words, Pregnant with celestial fire, Bending as he swept the chords Of his sweet but awful lyre.

„Such the bard's prophetic words, Pregnant with celestial fire, Bending as he swept the chords Of his sweet but awful lyre.“

—  William Cowper

"Boadicea" (1782).
Kontext: "Regions Caesar never knew
Thy posterity shall sway;
Where his eagles never flew,
None invincible as they."Such the bard's prophetic words, Pregnant with celestial fire, Bending as he swept the chords Of his sweet but awful lyre.

„O tell me I yet have a friend,
Though a friend I am never to see.“

—  William Cowper

Quelle: Verses supposed to be written by Alexander Selkirk (1782), Line 37.
Kontext: My friends, do they now and then send
A wish or a thought after me?
O tell me I yet have a friend,
Though a friend I am never to see.

„He would not, with a peremptory tone,
Assert the nose upon his face his own.“

—  William Cowper

Quelle: Conversation (1782), Line 121.

„I play with syllables and sport in song“

—  William Cowper

From:First of the Moral Satires
Table Talk (1782)

„Great contest follows, and much learned dust
Involves the combatants; each claiming truth,
And truth disclaiming both.“

—  William Cowper, The Task

Quelle: The Task (1785), Book III, The Garden, Line 161.

„Dream after dream ensues;
And still they dream that they shall still succeed;
And still are disappointed.“

—  William Cowper, The Task

Quelle: The Task (1785), Book III, The Garden, Line 127.

„But the sound of the church-going bell
These valleys and rocks never heard;
Ne'er sigh'd at the sound of a knell,
Or smiled when a Sabbath appear'd.“

—  William Cowper

Verses supposed to be written by Alexander Selkirk.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

„Gloriously drunk, obey the important call.“

—  William Cowper, The Task

Quelle: The Task (1785), Book IV, The Winter Evening, Line 510.

„Low ambition and the thirst of praise.“

—  William Cowper

Quelle: Table Talk (1782), Line 591.

„Nature is but a name for an effect,
Whose cause is God.“

—  William Cowper, The Task

Quelle: The Task (1785), Book VI, Winter Walk at Noon, Line 223.

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