Abraham Cowley

(1618 – 28 July 1667 / London)

Abraham Cowley Quotes

  • ''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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The Wish

WELL then! I now do plainly see
   This busy world and I shall ne'er agree.
The very honey of all earthly joy
Does of all meats the soonest cloy;
   And they, methinks, deserve my pity
Who for it can endure the stings,
The crowd and buzz and murmurings,
   Of this great hive, the city.

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