William Cowper

(26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800 / Hertfordshire)

A Fable


A raven, while with glossy breast
Her new-laid eggs she fondly press'd,
And, on her wicker-work high mounted,
Her chickens prematurely counted
(A fault philosophers might blame,
If quite exempted from the same),
Enjoy'd at ease the genial day;
'Twas April, as the bumpkins say,
The legislature call'd it May.
But suddenly a wind, as high
As ever swept a winter sky,
Shook the young leaves about her ears,
And fill'd her with a thousand fears,
Lest the rude blast should snap the bough,
And spread her golden hopes below.
But just at eve the blowing weather
And all her fears were hush'd together:
And now, quoth poor unthinking Ralph.
'Tis over, and the brood is safe;
(For ravens, though, as birds of omen,
They teach both conjurors and old women
To tell us what is to befall,
Can’t prophesy themselves at all.)
The morning came, when neighbour Hodge,
Who long had mark'd her airy lodge,
And destined all the treasure there
A gift to his expecting fair,
Climb’d like a squirrel to his dray,
And bore the worthless prize away.

Moral:
'Tis Providence alone secures
In every change both mine and yours:
Safety consists not in escape
From dangers of a frightful shape;
An earthquake may be bid to spare
The man that’s strangled by a hair.
Fate steals along with silent tread,
Found oft’nest in what least we dread,
Frowns in the storm with angry brow,
But in the sunshine strikes the blow.

Submitted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (A Fable by William Cowper )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. The midnight scream, Harold R Hunt Sr
  2. It calls your name., Harold R Hunt Sr
  3. Dogs, Cinzia Wills
  4. Interminable Wanderer, Cinzia Wills
  5. The Sky, Harold R Hunt Sr
  6. That part of your heart, Rolfy Dsilva
  7. The letter puzzle., Harold R Hunt Sr
  8. I am Sorry, Md. Ziaul Haque
  9. If it wasn't for country music, Harold R Hunt Sr
  10. I Really Can't…, Md. Ziaul Haque

Poem of the Day

poet Sir John Suckling

Dost see how unregarded now
That piece of beauty passes?
There was a time when I did vow
To that alone;
But mark the fate of faces;
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Elizabeth Bishop

 

Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  4. Sonnet I, Sir John Suckling
  5. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  6. One Art, Elizabeth Bishop
  7. No Man Is An Island, John Donne
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  9. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  10. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]