Carlos Wilcox

American poet

Carlos Wilcox (22 October 1794 – 29 May 1827) was a minor American poet. He wrote a poem, "The Age of Benevolence", which was left unfinished, and which was clearly influenced by the work of William Cowper.




Remains of the Rev. Carlos Wilcox: with a memoir of his life (Hartford: Edward Hopkins, 1828)
  • Of true benevolence, its charms divine,
    With other motives to call forth its power,
    And its grand triumphs, multiplied beyond
    All former bounds, in this its golden age,
    Humbly I sing, awed by the holy theme;
    A theme exalted, though as yet unsung,
    In beauty rich, of inspiration full,
    And worthy of a nobler harp than that
    From which heroic strains sublimely sound.
    • "The Age of Benevolence", Book I, line 1; p. 99
  • Time well employed is Satan's deadliest foe:
    It leaves no opening for the lurking fiend.
    • "The Age of Benevolence", Extracts from Book II, p. 148
  • The sultry summer past, September comes,
    Soft twilight of the soft-declining year.
    All mildness, soothing loneliness and peace,
    The fading season ere the falling come.
    • "The Age of Benevolence", Extracts from Book II, p. 153
  • Be thy best thoughts to work divine addressed;
    Do something — do it soon — will all thy might;
    An angel's wing would droop if long at rest,
    And God Himself inactive were no longer blessed.
    • "The Religion of Taste", Stanza CII, p. 206
  • 'Tis infamy to die and not be missed.
    • "The Religion of Taste", Stanza CVI, p. 207
  • Rouse to some work of high and holy love,
    And thou an angel's happiness shall know.
    • "The Religion of Taste", Stanza CVII, p. 208
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