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Abraham Cowley (1618–1667)

Cowley, Abraham. An English poet and essayist; born in London in 1618; died at Chertsey, Surrey, July 28, 1667. Well educated and high in royal favor, he was a fashionable and fortunate poet till the Civil War made havoc of royal favorites. His volumes ‘The Mistress,’ ‘Poems,’ various Vergilian elegies and anacreontic love songs, and his essays, were set in the first rank by contemporaries; but are mainly curios now, though some poems are familiar. The first collection of his works, in one volume, appeared in 1668. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).