William Cowper

(26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800 / Hertfordshire)

From The Greek Of Julianus - Poem by William Cowper

A Spartan, his companion slain,
Alone from battle fled;
His mother, kindling with disdain
That she had borne him, struck him dead;
For courage, and not birth alone,
In Sparta, testifies a son!

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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