William Cowper — English Poet born on November 26, 1731, died on April 25, 1800

William Cowper 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... (wikipedia)

Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.
Existence is a strange bargain. Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.
God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform. He plants his footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm.
Remorse, the fatal egg that pleasure laid.
Where men of judgment creep and feel their way, The positive pronounce without dismay.