William Cowper quotes

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Once more I would adopt the graver style--
A teacher should be sparing of his smile.
Pernicious weed! whose scent the fair annoys,
Unfriendly to society's chief joys.
I cannot talk with civet in the room,
A fine puss-gentleman that's all perfume.
The pipe, with solemn interposing puff,
Makes half a sentence at a time enough;
I kept him for his humour's sake,
For he would oft beguile
Forgive the song that falls so low,
beneath the gratitude I owe.
A man renowned for repartee
Will seldom scruple to make free
The man that hails you Tom or Jack,
And proves by thumps upon your back
A fretful temper will divide
The closest knot that may be tied,
His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding ev'ry hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flow'r.
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