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Poem by William Cowper


A Riddle


I am just two and two, I am warm, I am cold,
And the parent of numbers that cannot be told.
I am lawful, unlawful -- a duty, a fault,
I am often sold dear, good for nothing when bought;
An extraordinary boon, and a matter of course,
And yielded with pleasure when taken by force. 



William Cowper


William Cowper's other poems:
  1. To The Rev. Mr. Newton
  2. The Dog and the Water Lily
  3. The New Convert
  4. Afflictions Sanctified by the Word
  5. Welcome to the Table


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Jonathan Swift A Riddle ("I'm wealthy and poor")
  • Thomas Parnell A Riddle ("Upon a Bed of humble clay")

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