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William Cowper (Уильям Купер)


On The Burning Of Lord Mansfield's Library


On the Burning of Lord Mansfield's Library, Together 
with his MSS. by the Mob, in the Month of June 1780.


So then - the Vandals of our isle,
Sworn foes to sense and law,
Have burnt to dust a nobler pile
Than ever Roman saw!

And Murray sighs o'er Pope and Swift,
And many a treasure more,
The well-judged purchase and the gift
That graced his lettered store.


Their
pages mangled, burnt, and torn,
The loss was
his alone;

But ages yet to come shall mourn
The burning of
his own. 



William Cowper's other poems:
  1. My Soul Thirsteth for God
  2. Divine Justice Amiable
  3. Lively Hope And Gracious Fear
  4. Aspirations Of The Soul After God
  5. Lines Written During A Period Of Insanity


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