da Inconstancy, in The Mistress
Frasi di Abraham Cowley
Data di nascita: 1618
Data di morte: 28. Luglio 1667
Frasi Abraham Cowley
da The Garden, 1668
citato in Being Erica, episodio 1
„A mighty pain to love it is,
And 't is a pain that pain to miss;
But of all pains, the greatest pain
It is to love, but love in vain.“
From Anacreon, vii. Gold; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
The Garden, Preface
Contesto: I never had any other desire so strong, and so like to covetousness, as that one which I have had always, that I might be master at last of a small house and large garden, with very moderate conveniences joined to them, and there dedicate the remainder of my life only to the culture of them and the study of nature.
And there (with no design beyond my wall) whole and entire to lie, In no unactive ease, and no unglorious poverty.
„Oh happy, (if his happiness he knows)
The Countrey Swain! on whom kind Heav'n bestows
At home all Riches that wise Nature needs;
Whom the just Earth with easie plenty feeds.“
Virgil, Georgics, book ii, line 458; in The Works of Mr Abraham Cowley, The Fifth Edition (London, 1678), p. 105
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„Let but thy wicked men from out thee go,
And all the fools that crowd thee so,
Even thou, who dost thy millions boast,
A village less than Islington wilt grow,
A solitude almost.“
— Abraham Cowley, Of Solitude
Of Solitude, vii; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
The Garden, i; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
Book I, lines 105-106
„Lo, this great work, a Temple to thy praise,
On polisht Pillars of strong Verse I raise!
A Temple, where if Thou vouchsafe to dwell,
It Solomons, and Herods shall excel.
Too long the Muses-Land have Heathen bin;
Their Gods too long were Dev'ils, and Vertues Sin;
But Thou, Eternal Word, hast call'd forth Me
Th' Apostle, to convert that World to Thee;“
Book I, lines 33-40
„If of their pleasures and desires no end be found;
God to their cares and fears will set no bound.
What would content you? Who can tell?
Ye fear so much to lose what you have got
As if ye liked it well.
Ye strive for more, as if ye liked it not.“
Book I, lines 91-92
The Mistress. For Hope; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
Book I, lines 109-110