William Cowper

26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800 / Hertfordshire

On Flatteries (From The Greek)

No mischief worthier of our fear
In nature can be found
Than friendship, in ostent sincere,
But hollow and unsound,
For lull'd into a dangerous dream
We close infold a foe,
Who strikes, when most secure we seem,
The inevitable blow.
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