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Nathaniel Cotton (1707–1788) was an English physician and poet.

Cotton is thought to have studied at Leiden University, possibly under Herman Boerhaave.[1] Cotton specialised in the care of patients with mental health issues, maintaining an asylum known as the Collage, at St Albans. William Cowper was one of his patients[2] and held Cotton in high regard.[3]

Cotton was also a published poet, whose poems were described by Cheever as "full of good sense, benevolence, and piety"[3] although not works of genius. He was the author of Visions in Verse, first published in 1751; and a two volume complete collection of his works was published in 1791.[1]

He was married twice, first in 1738 to Anne Pembroke, with whom he had eight children, six of whom survived past infancy and one, Joseph, who became a director of the Honourable East India Company. His second marriage in 1750 or 51 was to Hannah Everett, with whom he had a son and two daughters. He died at St Albans on the 2nd August 1788 and is buried in St. Peter's churchyard.[4]

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Nathaniel Cotton (1707–1788) was an English physician and poet.

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  • If solid happiness we prize,
    Within our breast this jewel lies,
    And they are fools who roam.
    The world has nothing to bestow;
    From our own selves our joys must flow,
    And that dear hut, our home.
    • The Fireside, stanza 3, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • To be resign'd when ills betide,
    Patient when favours are deni'd,
    And pleas'd with favours given,—
    Dear Chloe, this is wisdom's part;
    This is that incense of the heart
    Whose fragrance smells to heaven.
    • The Fireside, stanza 11, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "The incense of the heart may rise", Pierpont, Every Place a Temple, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Thus hand in hand through life we'll go;
    Its checker'd paths of joy and woe
    With cautious steps we 'll tread.
    • The Fireside, Stanza 31, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Yet still we hug the dear deceit.
    • Content, Vision iv, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Hold the fleet angel fast until he bless thee.
    • To-morrow, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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