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Archive for April 25th, 2010

God, who is wise enough,

 

to show men how to PEN His Word,

 

Is strong enough,

 

To show men how to PRESERVE His Word. 

 

– eab, 3/9/10

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The devil, as an angel of light,

Has told them that wrong is “right,”

Convinced them that day is “night,”

Painted black as “white,”

“Explained” that loose is tight,

Persuaded it is right to fight,

Argued that weakness is “might,”

Said ugly is a beautiful sight,

Called true peace “a fright,”

Made them “love” sin’s blight,

Materialism made them “high as a kite,”

And re-named low as some great height.

                – eab, 4/18/09

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O for a closer walk with God,
A calm and heavenly frame,
A light to shine upon the road
That leads me to the Lamb!

Where is the blessedness I knew,
When first I saw the Lord?
Where is the soul refreshing view
Of Jesus and His Word?

What peaceful hours I once enjoyed!
How sweet their memory still!
But they have left an aching void
The world can never fill.

Return, O holy Dove, return,
Sweet messenger of rest!
I hate the sins that made Thee mourn
And drove Thee from my breast.

The dearest idol I have known,
Whate’er that idol be
Help me to tear it from Thy throne,
And worship only Thee.

So shall my walk be close with God,
Calm and serene my frame;
So purer light shall mark the road
That leads me to the Lamb.

William Cowper died this date, 4/25/1800, at East Dereham, Norfolk, England. Cowper (pronounced “koo’ pur”) trained to be a lawyer but did not become one.  He is credited with over sixty hymns/gospel songs among which are “God Moves in a Mysterious Way” and “There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood.”

In spite of long-standing depression Cowper left not only the above (a spiritual literary legacy) he also wrote “The Negro’s Complaint” an anti-slavery work, and “The Task” – a work some 5,000 lines in length.  He was back-fence neighbors with John Newton, the author of famous “Amazing Grace.”  Cowper was born 11//15/1731, at Great Berk­hamp­stead, Hert­ford­shire, Eng­land.

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