William Cowper Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old William Cowper quotes, William Cowper sayings, and William Cowper proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The innocent seldom find an uncomfortable pillow. William Cowper
I am monarch of all I survey, My right there is none to dispute, From the centre all round to the sea, I am lord of the fowl and the brute. William Cowper
Whoso seeks an audit here propitious, pays his tribute, game or fish, wild fowl or venison, and his errand speeds. William Cowper
A glory gilds the sacred page, majestic like the sun, it gives a light to every age, it gives, but borrows none. William Cowper
The mind's impression too on every face. William Cowper
But it is a sort of April-weather life that we lead in this world. A little sunshine is generally the prelude to a storm. William Cowper
The bird that flutters least is longest on the wing. William Cowper
This cabin, Mary, in my sight appears, built as it has been in our waning years. A rest afforded to our weary feet. Preliminary to the last retreat. William Cowper
The pipe, with solemn interposing puff, / Makes half a sentence at a time enough; / The dozing sages drop the drowsy strain, / Then pause and puff, and speak, and pause again. / Such often, like the tube they so admire, / Important triflers! have more smoke than fire. / Pernicious weed! whose scent the fair annoys, / Unfriendly to society's chief joys, / Thy worst effect is banishing for hours / The sex whose presence civilizes ours. William Cowper
Source of love, and light of day, / Tear me from myself away; / Every view and thought of mine / Cast into the mould of thine; / Teach, O teach this faithless heart / A consistent constant part; / Or, if it must live to grow / More rebellious, / break it now! William Cowper
Hatred and vengeance, my eternal portion, / Scarce can endure delay of execution, / Wait, with impatient readiness, to seize my / Soul in a moment. / Damned below Judas:more abhorred than he was, / Who for a few pence sold his holy Master. / Twice betrayed Jesus me, this last delinquent, / Deems the profanest. / Man disavows, and Deity disowns me: / Hell might afford my miseries a shelter; / Therefore hell keeps her ever hungry mouths all / Bolted against me. / Hard lot! encompassed with a thousand dangers; / Weary, faint, trembling with a thousand terrors; / I'm called, if vanquished, to receive a sentence / Worse than Abiram's. / Him the vindictive rod of angry justice / Sent quick and howling to the center headlong; / I, fed with judgment, in a fleshly tomb, am / Buried above ground. William Cowper
An idler is a watch that wants both hands; / As useless if it goes as when it stands. William Cowper
Thousands, careless of the damning sin, / Kiss the book's outside who ne'er look within. William Cowper
Hypocrisy, formality in prayer, / And the dull service of the lip were there. William Cowper
Who deem his house a useless place, / Faith, want of common sense; / And ardour in the Christian race, / A hypocrite's pretence? William Cowper
Conversation should flow, like waters after summer showers, not as if raised by mere mechanic powers. William Cowper
God made the country, and man made the town. William Cowper
Ye fearful saints fresh courage take, / The clouds ye so much dread / Are big with mercy, and shall break / In blessings on your head. William Cowper
Happiness depends, as nature shows, less on exterior things than most suppose. William Cowper
A fool . . . says little, but that little said owes all its weight, like loaded dice, to lead. William Cowper
Man may dismiss compassion from his heart, but God never will. William Cowper
But war's a game, which, were their subjects wise, Kings would not play at. William Cowper
Some to the fascination of a name surrender judgment, hoodwinked. William Cowper
Behind a frowning providence / He hides a smiling face. William Cowper
Absence from whom we love is worse than death and frustrates hope severer than despair. William Cowper
I pity them greatly, but I must be mum, for how could we do without sugar and rum? William Cowper
How sweet, how passing sweet, is solitude! But grant me still a friend in my retreat, Whom I may whisper, solitude is sweet. William Cowper
She, that will with kittens jest, should bear a kitten's joke. William Cowper
The LORD works in mysterious ways. William Cowper