1805 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Cowper

Eliza, "Upon reading Hayley's Life and Letters of Cowper" Scots Magazine 67 (July 1805) 542.



By mildest manners, kindest feelings grac'd,
Of fancy's gayest, finest gifts possess'd,
And these by purest morals, learning crown'd,
Lo! virtuous Cowper wrapt in gloom around:
Ah! what had you to fear? that bounteous Pow'r
Who form'd yon suns, expands and paints each flow'r,
Bids man enjoy and grateful anthems sing,
Nor dread a tyrant in great nature's King.
But sure, alas! the time, gentle mind,
By fear enfeebled, its fine powers resign'd,
Doom'd every horror of the mind to feel,
A sad example of fanatic zeal!