William Coward was scholar of Wadham College Oxford (B.A. 1677) and Fellow of Merton College (M.A. 1683, M.D. 1687). While at Oxford he translated Dryden's Absolom and Achitophel into Latin. Coward afterwards practiced in Northampton and in London (1693-1706); he published medical tracts, pamphlets, and didactic poetry.
Absalon et Achitophel. Carmine latino-heroico. 1682.
De fermento volatili nutritio. 1695.
Alcali vindicatum: or the acid opiniator not guilty of truth. 1698.
Second thoughts concerning the human soul. 1702.
Farther thoughts concerning the human soul. 1703.
The grand essay: or, a vindication of reason, and religion. 1704.
Remediorum medicinalium tabula generis. 1704.
Abramideis: or, the faithful patriarch. An heroic poem. 1705.
The just scrutiny: or, a serious enquiry into the modern notions of the soul. 1706.
Licentia poetica discuss'd: or the true test of poetry. A poem. 1709.