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Abraham Cowley (Абрахам Каули)


Life


Life's a name
That nothing here can truly claim;
This wretched inn, where we scarce stay to bait,
We call our dwelling-place!
And mighty voyages we take,
And mighty journeys seem to make,
O'er sea and land, the little point that has no space.
Because we fight and battles gain,
Some captives call, and say, 'the rest are slain';
Because we heap up yellow earth, and so
Rich, valiant, wise, and virtuous seem to grow;
Because we draw a long nobility
From hieroglyphic proofs of heraldry-
We grow at last by Custom to believe,
That really we Live;
Whilst all these Shadows, that for Things we take,
Are but the empty Dreams which in Death's sleep we make. 



Abraham Cowley's other poems:
  1. An Answer To A Copy Of Verses Sent Me To Jersey
  2. On The Death Of Sir Henry Wootton
  3. Bathing In The River
  4. The Epicure
  5. Cheer Up, My Mates


Poems of other poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Samuel Coleridge (Сэмюэл Кольридж) Life ("As late I journey'd o'er the extensive plain")
  • Charlotte Brontё (Шарлотта Бронте) Life ("LIFE, believe, is not a dream")
  • Anna Barbauld (Анна-Летиция Барбо) Life ("Life! I Know Not What Thou Art")
  • Bryan Procter (Брайан Проктер) Life ("WE are born; we laugh; we weep")
  • Francis Bacon (Фрэнсис Бэкон) Life ("THE world's a bubble, and the life of man")
  • Henry Van Dyke (Генри Ван Дайк) Life ("LET me but live my life from year to year")
  • Jones Very (Джонс Вери) Life ("IT is not life upon Thy gifts to live")
  • Edith Wharton (Эдит Уортон) Life ("LIFE, like a marble block, is given to all")
  • Mary Robinson (Мэри Робинсон) Life ("”What is this world?­thy school, O misery!")

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