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Abraham Cowley

(1618 – 28 July 1667 / London)

Quotations

  • ''God the first garden made, and the first city Cain.''
    Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), British essayist, poet. The Garden, Essays in Verse and Prose (1668).
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  • ''Life is an incurable disease.''
    Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), British essayist, poet. To Dr. Scarborough, st. 6 (1656).

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This only grant me: that my means may lie
Too low for envy, for contempt too high.
Some honour I would have,
Not from great deeds, but good alone;
Th' ignote are better than ill-known,
Rumour can ope the grave.
Acquaintance I would hug, but when 't depends
Not from the number, but the choice of friends.

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