The Poems of William Cowper
Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1860. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... The moonbeam, sliding- softly in between The sleeping leaves, is all the light they wish, Birds warbling all the music. We can spare The splendour of your lamps; they but eclipse Our softer satellite. Your songs confound Our more harmonious notes; the thrush departs Scared, and the offended nightingale is mute. There is a public mischief in your mirth; It plagues your country. Folly such as yours, Graced with a sword, and worthier of a fan, Has made, what enemies could ne'er have done, Our arch of empire, steadfast but for you, A mutilated structure soon to fall. RirtKCTioNB suggested by the conclusion of the former book--Peace among the nations recommended, on the ground of their common fellowship in sorrow.--Prodigies enumerated.--Sicilinn Earthquakes.--Man rendered obnoxious to these calamities by sin.--God the agent in them. --The philosophy that stops at secondary causes reproved.--Our own late miscarriages accounted for.--Satirical notice taken of our trips to Fontainbleau.--But the pulpit, not satire, the proper engine of reformation.--The Reverend Advertiser of engraved sermons.--Petit-maitre parson.--The good preacher.--Picture of a theatrical clerical coxcomb. --Story-tellers and jesters in the pulpit reproved.--Apostrophe to popular applause.--Retailers of ancient philosophy expostulated with.-- Sum of the whole matter.--Effects of sacerdotal mismanagement on the laity.--Their folly and extravngance.- The mischiefs of profusion.-- Profusion itself, with all its consequent evils, ascribed, as to its principal cause, to the want of discipline in the universities. O For a lodge in some vast wilderness, Some boundless contiguity of shade, Where rumour of oppression and deceit, / Of unsuccessful or successful war, Might never reach me more. My ear is pained....
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