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Selected Poetry of Abraham Cowley (1618-1667)

from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

How happy here should I
And one dear she live, and embracing die!
She who is all the world, and can exclude
In deserts solitude.
        (The Wish, 33-36)
  1. Anacreontics (excerpt)
  2. Davideis (excerpt)
  3. The Given Heart
  4. On the Death of Mr. Crashaw
  5. To The Royal Society (excerpt)
  6. A Vote (Of My Self) (excerpt)
  7. The Wish

Notes on Life and Works

Biographical information

Given name: Abraham
Family name: Cowley
Birth date: 1618
Death date: 28 July 1667
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: Thomas Cowley
          Westminster school
          Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A.): 21 April 1636 to 1639
          Trinity College, Cambridge (M.A.) to 1642
          Oxford (M.D.) to 2 December 1657
Literary period: Seventeenth century
          London: 1618
          France: 1646
          England: 1656
          France: 1660
          Barn Elms, Chertsey: 1665 to 1667
Cause of death: Cold
Buried at: Westminster Abbey
First RPO edition: 1996-2000