Cowper, William

Cowper, William
   Cowper was the son of a Church of England clergyman and grew up in Great Berkhamstead. He was trained as a lawyer. Throughout his adult life he was subject to fits of mania, alternating with periods of acute depression when he was convinced he was predestined to eternal punishment. He was the author of many poems, but in the Church he is remembered for such hymns as ‘O for a closer walk with God’ and ‘God moves in a mysterious way’.
   N. Nicholson, William Cowper (1951).

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  • Cowper, William — (1731 1800)    William Cowper (pronounced Cooper ) was the son of the rector of Great Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, and chaplain to King George II. Educated at Westminster School, he was called to the bar in 1745, but never practiced. He suffered… …   British and Irish poets

  • Cowper, William — ► (1666 1709) Anatomista inglés. Descubrió las pequeñas glándulas de la uretra humana que llevan su nombre. * * * (26 nov. 1731, Great Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, Inglaterra–25 abr. 1800, East Dereham, Norfolk). Poeta británico. Durante toda su… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Cowper, William — (1731 1800)    Poet, was the s. of the Rev. John C., Rector of Great Berkhampstead, Herts, and Chaplain to George II. His grandfather was a judge, and he was the grand nephew of the 1st Earl C., the eminent Lord Chancellor. A shy and timid child …   Short biographical dictionary of English literature

  • Cowper,William — Cow·per (ko͞oʹpər, kouʹ , ko͝opʹər), William. 1731 1800. British poet considered a precursor of romanticism. His best known work, The Task (1785), praises rural life and leisure. * * * …   Universalium

  • Cowper, William Cowper, 1st Earl, Viscount Fordwich — ▪ English lawyer and politician also called  (1706–18) Baron Cowper Of Wingham   born c. 1665 died Oct. 10, 1723, Colne Green, Hertfordshire, Eng.  English lawyer and a leading Whig politician who was the first lord high chancellor of Great… …   Universalium

  • COWPER, William (1778-1858) — early clergyman was born at Whittington, England, on 28 December 1778. His father was a yeoman farmer. At 17 years of age Cowper became a tutor in a clergyman s family, and some time later was a clerk in the Royal engineers department at Hull. He …   Dictionary of Australian Biography

  • COWPER, William Macquarie (1810-1902) — dean of Sydney son of Rev. William Cowper, D.D (q.v.), was born at Sydney on 3 July 1810. Educated by his father and at Oxford he graduated B.A., 1833, and M.A. 1835. On returning to Australia in 1836 he was chaplain at Port Stephens for 20 years …   Dictionary of Australian Biography

  • COWPER, WILLIAM —    a popular English poet, born at Great Berkhampstead, Hertford, of noble lineage; lost his mother at six, and cherished the memory of her all his days; of a timid, sensitive nature, suffered acutely from harsh usage at school; read extensively… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Cowper, William —  (1731–1800) English poet; pronounced [cooper] …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

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