* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Cowper's life and works
* The complete poetry, including rare posthumous works appearing in no other digital publications
* Concise introductions to the poetry
* Excellent formatting of the poems
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry
* Easily locate the poems you want to read
* Includes Cowper's translations of Homer’s epic poems
* Features two bonus biographies - discover Cowper's literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
The Poetry Collections
TABLE TALK AND OTHER POEMS
THE TASK AND OTHER POEMS
TRANSLATIONS FROM MADAME DE LA MOTHE GUION
TRANSLATIONS FROM THE LATIN CLASSICS
TRANSLATIONS FROM VINCENT BOURNE
EPIGRAMS TRANSLATED FROM THE LATIN OF OWEN
TRANSLATIONS OF GREEK AND LATIN VERSES
TRANSLATIONS FROM THE FABLES OF GAY
TRANSLATIONS OF THE LATIN AND ITALIAN POEMS OF MILTON
FRAGMENTS AND POSTHUMOUSLY PUBLISHED VERSES
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
The Epic Poems
BRIEF LIFE OF WILLIAM COWPER by Francis Storr
COWPER by Goldwin Smith
In this autobiography, revised and updated for today's readers by Dennis Hillman, Newton relates the events that led him from unimaginable sin and spiritual bondage to a life of ministry and renewal--transformed by God's amazing and inexhaustible grace.
Discover the timeless story of John Newton's conversion and the true meaning of the familiar words, "Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see."
Table Of Contents
The Death of Damon
Tirocinium; Or, A Review Of Schools
THE DIVERTING HISTORY OF JOHN GILPIN;
AN EPISTLE TO JOSEPH HILL, ESQ.
In between bouts of severe depression, Cowper contributed 68 hymns to the collection, including such classics as "There is a fountain filled with blood" and "Sometimes a light surprises / The Christian while he sings".
Cowper's final hymn gives a taste of the whole:
"God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never-failing skill,
He treasures up His bright designs,
And works His sovereign will.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.
Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan His work in vain:
God is His own interpreter,
And he will make it plain."
If I attempt, after what has been done, to throw my mite into the public stock of information, it is less from an apprehension that my interference is necessary, than from a conviction that silence, at such a time, and on such an occasion, would, in me, be criminal. If my testimony should not be necessary, or serviceable, yet, perhaps, I am bound, in conscience, to take shame to myself by a public confession, which, however sincere, comes too late to prevent, or repair, the misery and mischief to which I have, formerly, been accessary.
I hope it will always be a subject of humiliating reflection to me, that I was, once, an active instrument, in a business at which my heart now shudders. My headstrong passions and follies plunged me, in early life, into a succession of difficulties and hardships, which, at length, reduced me to seek a refuge among the Natives of Africa. There, for about the space of eighteen months, I was in effect, though without the name, a Captive and a Slave myself; and was depressed to the lowest degree of human wretchedness. Possibly, I should not have been so completely miserable, had I lived among the Natives only, but it was my lot to reside with white men; for at that time, several persons of my own colour and language were settled upon that part of the Windward coast, which lies between Sierra-Leon and Cape Mount; for the purpose of purchasing and collecting Slaves, to sell to the vessels that arrived from Europe.