Abraham Cowley

(1618 – 28 July 1667 / London)

Beauty - Poem by Abraham Cowley

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,
More Impassible is found?
And yet what Flame, what Lightning ere
So great an Active force did bear?
They are all weapon, and they dart
Like Porcupines from every part.
Who can, alas, their strength express,
Arm'd when they themselves undress,
Cap a pe* with Nakedness?


Comments about Beauty by Abraham Cowley

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (9/16/2017 9:17:00 PM)


    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?

    A beautiful poem that bares the truth of nature's manifestations.
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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/16/2017 5:21:00 AM)


    And some with Scales, and some with Wings,
    And some with Teeth, and some with Stings.
    Nature ha armed each with a new set of protecting instrument, but humans were provided with wisdom only which proved most powerful at last.
    Nice poem.
    10
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/16/2017 2:33:00 AM)


    Beauty is both; for with the Faire
    What Arms, what Armour can compare?
    What Steel, what Gold, or Diamond,
    More Impassible is found?
    And yet what Flame, what Lightning ere
    So great an Active force did bear? .. .. loved these lines. Beautiful couplet.
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  • Rajendra Rout (9/16/2017 2:21:00 AM)


    beauti is my fevrate poem thanks for writing (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (9/16/2017 2:20:00 AM)


    Such an interesting poem worthy to be chosen.... (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (9/16/2017 1:36:00 AM)


    It is all very artistically expressed- defence mechanism of all living beings. Thanks.
    LIBERAL Nature did dispence
    To all things Arms for their defence;
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/16/2017 1:13:00 AM)


    Can compare! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra (9/16/2017 12:37:00 AM)


    all nakedness, life and truth (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 19, 2010



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