William Cowper: his life, told by Mrs. Mary Unwin with a selection of his poems
William Cowper (1731-1800) was a nobleman who was uprooted from all the props and comforts of his station and moved to live in the countryside. The local people were generally poor and called him Sir Cowper as a mark of respect. He lived quietly with the Unwin family and in time became the author of such poetry as "The Task". Some lines have become part of the English language in phrases such as "God moves in a mysterious way". The life of William Cowper has been told before. Many authors have misunderstood the vital importance of his Christian faith and regarded it as a source of madness rather than a constant support. Others have belittled the man through sheer pity. That is a mistake for William Cowper would have stood no pity. He was well aware of his own limits. Far from being his weakness, that quality made him poetically strong - he was willing to be himself in every line he wrote.
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