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ON-this-DATE   

 

4/25 William Cowper (“Coop’ er”) died 1800, East Dereham, Norfolk, England.  The English Literature world remembers him for THE TASK (1785).  The Church world remembers him for “God Moves in a Mysterious Way,” “O for a Closer Walk with God,” and “There Is a Fountain.”  Though he suffered from depression, he left a great spiritual literary legacy in the above.

Cowper’s father was chaplain to King George II.  Cowper trained for law but never had a practice.  He lived near Olney, co-wrote the Olney Hymns with John Newton (author of Amazing Grace) with whom he shared a backyard fence.

Enjoy these lesser known words from Cowper:

            Lord, I believe Thou hast prepared, unworthy though I be,
            For me a blood bought free reward, a golden harp for me!
            ’Tis strung and tuned for endless years, and formed by power divine,
            To sound in God the Father’s ears no other name but Thine.

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“O For a Closer Walk with God”    (stanza 2-5)

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.

William Cowper on this very date wrote this hymn.  He was a back-fence neighbor to John Newton (“Amazing Grace”).  Cowper also penned “There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood” “God Moves in Mysterious Ways” and sixty-some more hymns.

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