Abraham Cowley

(1618 – 28 July 1667 / London)

Abraham Cowley Poems

41. Anacreontics, The Swallow 1/4/2003
42. To The Royal Society (Excerpts) 1/1/2004
43. On The Death Of Mr. William Hervey 1/4/2003
44. A Supplication 1/13/2003
45. Davideis: A Sacred Poem Of The Troubles Of David (Excerpt) 1/1/2004
46. Sport 4/19/2010
47. Hymn To Light 4/19/2010
48. The Change 4/19/2010
49. The Grasshopper 4/19/2010
50. The Despair 4/19/2010
51. The Given Heart 1/1/2004
52. The Wish 1/4/2003
53. On The Death Of Mr. Crashaw 1/1/2004
54. Life 4/19/2010
55. Beauty 4/19/2010

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LIBERAL Nature did dispence
To all things Arms for their defence;
And some she arms with sin'ewy force,
And some with swiftness in the course;
Some with hard Hoofs, or forked claws,
And some with Horns, or tusked jaws.
And some with Scales, and some with Wings,
And some with Teeth, and some with Stings.
Wisdom to Man she did afford,
Wisdom for Shield, and Wit for Sword.
What to beauteous Woman-kind,
What Arms, what Armour has she'assigne'd?
Beauty is both; for with the Faire
What Arms, what Armour can compare?
What Steel, what Gold, or Diamond,

Read the full of Beauty

The Given Heart

I wonder what those lovers mean, who say
They have giv'n their hearts away.
Some good kind lover tell me how;
For mine is but a torment to me now.

If so it be one place both hearts contain,
For what do they complain?
What courtesy can Love do more,
Than to join hearts that parted were before?

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