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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

4520 William Cowper 1731-1800 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:William Cowper (1731–1800)
QUOTATION:I burn to set the imprison’d wranglers free,
And give them voice and utterance once again.
Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
And while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column, and the cups
That cheer but not inebriate 1 wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful evening in.
ATTRIBUTION:The Task. Book iv. The Winter Evening. Line 34.
Note 1.
See Bishop Berkeley, Quotation 3. [back]