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Reportedly William Cowper wrote his “O for a closer walk with God” on 12/6/1769, during the illness of a close friend.  His father was the chaplain to George II, King of England, and he himself trained for law but did not practice it.  William was a man who suffered some from mental imbalance yet produced both “secular” material, The Task” for example, and sacred hymns being known mainly for “There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood.”  His years were 1731 – 1800, and is reported to have died with such a bright face that he seemed to have seen Jesus in that critical hour.

He said about “O for a closer walk with God,” “I be­gan to com­pose them yes­ter­day morn­ing be­fore day­break, but I fell asleep at the end of the first two lines. When I awaked again, the third and fourth vers­es were whis­pered to my heart in a way I have of­ten ex­per­i­enced.”

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?

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