His father, a wealthy citizen, who died shortly before his birth, was a stationer. His mother was wholly given to works of devotion, but it happened that there lay in her parlour a copy of The Faerie Queene. This became the favourite reading of her son, and he had twice devoured it all before he was sent to school.
As early as 1628, that is, in his tenth year, he composed his Tragicall History of Piramus and Thisbe, an epic romance written in a six-line stanza, a style of his own invention. It is not too much to say that this work is the most astonishing feat of imaginative precocity on record; it is marked by no great faults of immaturity, and possesses constructive merits of a ... more »
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Nothing in Nature's sober found,Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), British poet. Drinking (l. 15-20). . . Seventeenth-Century Verse and Prose, Vols. I-II. Vol. I: 1600-1660; Vol. II: 16...
But an eternal health goes round.
Fill up the bowl, then, fill it high,
Fill all the glasses therefor why
Should every creature drink...
''The thirsty earth soaks up the rain,Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), British essayist, poet. Drinking, Anacreon (1656).
And drinks, and gapes for drink again.
The plants suck in the earth, and are
With constant drinking fresh and fair.''
''The thirsty earth soaks up the rain,Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), British poet. Drinking (l. 1-2). . . Seventeenth-Century Verse and Prose, Vols. I-II. Vol. I: 1600-1660; Vol. II: 1660...
And drinks and gapes for drink again;''
Even Lust the Master of a hardned Face,Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), British poet. Hymn: To Light (l. 57-64). . . Seventeenth-Century Verse and Prose, Vols. I-II. Vol. I: 1600-1660; Vol. ...
Blushes if thou beest in the place,
To darkness' Curtains he retires,
In Sympathizing Night he rowls his smoaky Fires.
'Tis not such lines as almost crack the stageAbraham Cowley (1618-1667), British poet. Ode: Of Wit (l. 49-56). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and J...
When Bajazet begins to rage;
Nor a tall met'phor in the bombast way,
Nor the dry chips of short-lunged Seneca.
Nor upon all th...
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