Encompass’d with a thousand dangers,

Weary, faint, trembling with a thousand terrors…

I … in a fleshy tomb, am

Buried above ground.

—WILLIAM COWPER (1731-1800)

From the poem “Lines Written During a Period of Insanity”.

Cowper on several occasions tried to hang, poison, or stab himself. The lines above were composed after one of his suicide attempts.

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