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Cowper, William

Born: 1731 AD
Died: 1800 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Poets, Writers

1731 – Born on November 26th in Great Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England. English poet and translator.

1737 – His mother, to whom memorable lines were written beginning "Oh that these lips had language", died at the age of 34.

         – When he was six years old, he was sent to boarding-school, to a Dr. Pitman at Markyate, a village 6 miles from Berkhampstead.

1749 – At the age of eighteen Cowper entered a solicitor’s office in Ely Place, Holborn.

1952 – At twenty-one years of age he took chambers in the Middle Temple, where we first hear of the dejection of spirits that accompanied him periodically through manhood.

1759 – He removed to the Inner Temple and was made a commissioner of bankrupts.

1762 – He was a member of the Nonsense Club with his two schoolfellows from Westminster, Churchill and Lloyd, and he wrote sundry verses in magazines and translated two books of Voltaire’s Henriade.

1779 – He made his first appearance as an author by the Olney Hymns, written in conjunction with Newton, Cowper’s verses being indicated by a "C." Mrs Unwin suggested secular verse, and Cowper wrote much.

1782 – When he was fifty-one years old there appeared Poems of William Cowper of the Inner Temple, Esq.: London, Printed for J. Johnson, No. 72 St Paul’s Churchyard.

1800 – Died on April 25th in East Dereham, Norfolk, England.