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William Cowper (Уильям Купер)


The Swallow


I am fond of the swallow--I learn from her flight,
Had I skill to improve it, a lesson of love:
How seldom on earth do we see her alight!
She dwells in the skies, she is ever above.

It is on the wing that she takes her repose,
Suspended and poised in the regions of air,
'Tis not in our fields that her sustenance grows,
It is winged like herself--'tis ethereal fare.

She comes in the spring, all the summer she stays,
And, dreading the cold, still follows the sun--
So, true to our love, we should covet his rays,
And the place where he shines not immediately shun.

Our light should be love, and our nourishment prayer;
It is dangerous food that we find upon earth;
The fruit of this world is beset with a snare,
In itself it is hurtful, as vile in its birth.

'Tis rarely, if ever, she settles below,
And only when building a nest for her young;
Were it not for her brood, she would never bestow
A thought upon anything filthy as dung.

Let us leave it ourselves ('tis a mortal abode),
To bask every moment in infinite love;
Let us fly the dark winter, and follow the road
That leads to the dayspring appearing above. 



William Cowper's other poems:
  1. Of Himself
  2. Lively Hope And Gracious Fear
  3. On The Burning Of Lord Mansfield's Library
  4. An Attempt At The Manner Of Waller
  5. Ephraim Repenting


Poems of other poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • John Clare (Джон Клэр) The Swallow ("Pretty swallow, once again")
  • Charlotte Smith (Шарлотта Смит) The Swallow ("THE gorse is yellow on the heath")
  • Abraham Cowley (Абрахам Каули) The Swallow ("Foolish prater, what dost thou")
  • Thomas Aird (Томас Эрд) The Swallow ("The little comer's coming, the comer o'er the sea")

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