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  • (noun): English surgeon who discovered Cowper's gland (1666-1709).
    Synonyms: Cowper
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William Cowper

William Cowper ( /ˈkuːpər/ KOO-pər; 26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800) was an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time, Cowper changed the direction of 18th century nature poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside. In many ways, he was one of the forerunners of Romantic poetry. Samuel Taylor Coleridge called him "the best modern poet", whilst William Wordsworth particularly admired his poem Yardley-Oak. He was a nephew of the poet Judith Madan.

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Hertford (UK Parliament Constituency) - Members of Parliament - Hertford Borough (1298-1885) - 1640-1868
... Royalist November 1640 November 1643 Fanshawe disabled from sitting - seat vacant 1645 William Leman December 1648 Cranborne not recorded as sitting after Pride's ... Edward Spencer Cowper Whig Nicolson Calvert Whig 1817 Viscount Cranborne Tory 1823 Thomas Byron 1826 Thomas Slingsby Duncombe Radical 1830 Viscount Ingestrie Tory 1831 John Currie Whig 1832 Viscount Ingestrie ... William Francis Cowper Whig Viscount Mahon Conservative 1852 Thomas Chambers Whig 1857 Sir Walter Minto Townshend-Farquhar Conservative 1859 Liberal 1866 Robert Dimsdale ...
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... Cowpers eldest son William Cowper was clerk of parliament and the father of General William Cowper of Hertingfordbury Park (MP) ... His second son, John, was the father of William Cowper the poet ... was also clerk of parliament and a barrister, and the father of Theodora Cowper (with whom the poet fell in love) and Harriot Cowper (Lady Hesketh) ...
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... Cowper (pronounced Cowper or Cooper depending on family) is a surname of several persons Bob Cowper (born 1940), Australian cricketer Charles Cowper (1807–1875), Australian politician Edward Alfred ... Spencer Cowper (1670–1728), British MP and barrister Steve Camberling Cowper (born 1938), American politician and governor of Alaska William Cowper of Galloway (1568–1619), bishop William ...

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  • (noun): English poet who wrote hymns and poetry about nature (1731-1800).
    Synonyms: Cowper

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    Scenes must be beautiful, which, daily viewed,
    Please daily, and whose novelty survives
    Long knowledge and the scrutiny of years—
    William Cowper (1731–1800)

    I am monarch of all I survey;
    My right there is none to dispute;
    From the center all round to the sea
    I am lord of the fowl and the brute.
    O Solitude! where are the charms
    That sages have seen in thy face?
    Better dwell in the midst of alarms,
    Than reign in this horrible place.
    —William Cowper (1731–1800)

    For each age is a dream that is dying,
    Or one that is coming to birth.
    —Arthur William Edgar O’Shaughnessy (1844–1881)