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William Cowper (Уильям Купер)


By Philemon


Oft we embrace our ills by discontent,
And give them bulk beyond what nature meant.
A parent, brother, friend deceased, to cry--
'He's dead indeed, but he was born to die'--
Such temperate grief is suited to the size
And burden of the loss; is just and wise.
But to exclaim, 'Ah! wherefore was I born,
Thus to be left forever thus forlorn?'
Who thus laments his loss invites distress,
And magnifies a woe that might be less,
Through dull despondence to his lot resign'd,
And leaving reason's remedy behind. 



William Cowper's other poems:
  1. On Opening A Place For Social Prayer
  2. No Sorrow Peculiar To The Sufferer
  3. The Secrets Of Divine Love Are To Be Kept
  4. The Ice Palace
  5. God Neither Known Nor Loved By The World


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