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  • Lukewarmness I account a sin, as great in love as in religion.

    'The Mistress: or...Love Verses' 'The Request'
  • Awake, awake, my Lyre!And tell thy silent master's humble taleIn sounds that may prevail;Sounds that gentle thoughts inspire:Though so exalted sheAnd I so lowly beTell her, such different notes make all thy harmony.

    Abraham Cowley, “A Supplication”
  • The monster London laugh at me.

    Abraham Cowley, Richard Hurd, Thomas Sprat (1772). “Select Works of Mr. A. Cowley: In 2 Vol”, p.129
  • Books should, not Business, entertain the Light; And Sleep, as undisturb'd as Death, the Night.

    Abraham Cowley, Thomas Sprat (1710). “The works of Mr. Abraham Cowley ...: Consisting of those which were formerly printed; and those which he design'd for the press, publish'd out of the author's original copies. With The cutter of Coleman-street ...”, p.181
  • Does not the passage of Moses and the Israelites into the Holy Land yield incomparably more poetic variety than the voyages of Ulysses or Aeneas?

    Abraham Cowley, Thomas Sprat (1710). “The Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley ...: Consisting of Those which Were Formerly Printed, and Those which He Design'd for the Press, Publish'd Out of the Author's Original Copies ; with The Cutter of Coleman-street”
  • Acquaintance I would have, but when it depends; not on number, but the choice of friends.

  • Coy Nature, (which remain'd, though aged grown, A beauteous virgin still, enjoy'd by none, Nor seen unveil'd by anyone), When Harvey's violent passion she did see, Began to tremble and to flee; Took sanctuary, like Daphne, in a tree: There Daphne's Lover stopped, and thought it much The very leaves of her to touch: But Harvey, our Apollo, stopp'd not so; Into the Bark and Root he after her did go!

    Abraham Cowley (1802). “The Works of Abraham Cowley: With a Preface, Biographical and Critical by Samuel Johnson”, p.110
  • Life is an incurable disease.

    "To Dr. Scarborough" l. 111 (1656)
  • All the world's bravery that delights our eyes is but thy several liveries.

    Abraham Cowley (1779). “The Works of the English Poets. With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, by Samuel Johnson”, p.212
  • "We may talk what we please," he cries in his enthusiasm for the oldest of the arts, "of lilies, and lions rampant, and spread eagles, in fields d'or or d'argent; but, if heraldry were guided by reason, a plough in a field arable would be the most noble and ancient arms."

  • Our yesterday's to-morrow now is gone, And still a new to-morrow does come on. We by to-morrow draw out all our store, Till the exhausted well can yield no more.

    Abraham Cowley (1809). “The Works of Mr. A. Cowley: In Prose and Verse”, p.225
  • The present is all the ready money Fate can give.

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

    Time   Past  
    Abraham Cowley (1679). “The Works of Mr Abraham Cowley: Consisting of Those which Were Formerly Printed : and Those which He Design'd for the Press”, p.11
  • Build yourself a book-nest to forget the world without.

  • I confess I love littleness almost in all things. A little convenient estate, a little cheerful house, a little company, and a little feast.

    Abraham Cowley, Samuel Johnson (1822). “The Poems of Abraham Cowley”, p.162
  • The world's a scene of changes.

    'The Mistress: or...Love Verses' (1647) 'Inconstancy'
  • The liberty of a people consists in being governed by laws which they have made themselves, under whatsoever form it be of government; the liberty of a private man, in being master of his own time and actions, as far as may consist with the laws of God and of his country.

    Abraham Cowley, Abraham Cowley, Etc, A. R. Waller (2014). “Essays, Plays and Sundry Verses”, p.377, Cambridge University Press
  • Fill the bowl with rosy wine, around our temples roses twine, And let us cheerfully awhile, like wine and roses, smile.

    Abraham Cowley (1784). “The Poetical Works of Abraham Cowley ...”, p.245
  • Plenty, as well as Want, can separate friends.

    Abraham Cowley (1679). “The Works of Mr Abraham Cowley: Consisting of Those which Were Formerly Printed : and Those which He Design'd for the Press”, p.89
  • It is a hard and nice subject for a man to speak of himself: it grates his own heart to say anything of disparagement, and the reader's ear to hear anything of praise from him.

    Abraham Cowley, John Max Attenborough (1915). “Essays and Selected Verse: With an Introd”
  • What a brave privilege is it to be free from all contentions, from all envying or being envied, from receiving or paying all kinds of ceremonies!

    Abraham Cowley, Thomas Sprat (1826). “Prose works of Abraham Cowley ; including his essays in prose and verse”, p.137
  • A mighty pain to love it is, And 'tis a pain that pain to miss; But, of all pains, the greatest pain Is to love, but love in vain.

    Abraham Cowley, Thomas Sprat (1707). “The Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley ...: Consisting of Those which Were Formerly Printed; and Those which He Design'd for the Press, Publish'd Out of the Author's Original Copies. With The Cutter of Coleman-street”, p.55
  • Thus each extreme to equal danger tends, Plenty, as well as Want, can sep'rate friends.

  • Unbind the charms that in slight fables lie and teach that truth is truest poesy.

    Abraham Cowley, Samuel Johnson (1822). “The Poems of Abraham Cowley ...”, p.161
  • There have been fewer friends on earth than kings.

    Abraham Cowley (1806). “The Works ... Re-edited. - London, G. Kearsley 1806”, p.232
  • 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.

  • Neither the praise nor the blame is our own.

  • Come, my best Friends! my Books! and lead me on.

    "The Poetical Works of Abraham Cowley".
  • To-day is ours; what do we fear? To-day is ours; we have it here. Let's treat it kindly, that it may Wish, at least, with us to stay. Let's banish business, banish sorrow; To the gods belong to-morrow.

    Abraham Cowley (1679). “The Works of Mr Abraham Cowley: Consisting of Those which Were Formerly Printed : and Those which He Design'd for the Press”
  • 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, Samuel Johnson (1822). “The Poems of Abraham Cowley ...”
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