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. Davideis: A Sacred Poem Of The Troubles Of David (Excerpt) 1/1/2004
44. On The Death Of Mr. William Hervey 1/4/2003
45. Sport 4/19/2010
46. A Supplication 1/13/2003
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. Life 4/19/2010
52. On The Death Of Mr. Crashaw 1/1/2004
53. The Wish 1/4/2003
54. Beauty 4/19/2010
55. The Given Heart 1/1/2004

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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?

Woe to her stubborn heart, if once mine come
Into the self-same room;
'Twill tear and blow up all within,
Like a granado shot into a magazine.

Then shall Love keep the ashes, and torn parts,
Of both our ...

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Anacreontics, Drinking

THE thirsty earth soaks up the rain,
And drinks and gapes for drink again;
The plants suck in the earth, and are
With constant drinking fresh and fair;
The sea itself (which one would think
Should have but little need of drink)
Drinks twice ten thousand rivers up,
So fill'd that they o'erflow the cup.
The busy Sun (and one would guess

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