William Cowper

William Cowper

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William Cowper (26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800) was an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time, Cowper changed the direction of 18th-century nature poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside. In many ways, he was one of the forerunners of Romantic poetry.
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Olney Hymn 43 Prayer For Patience

Lord, who hast suffer'd all for me,
My peace and pardon to procure,
The lighter cross I bear for Thee,
Help me with patience to endure
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Report Of An Adjudged Case

Between Nose and Eyes a strange contest arose,
The spectacles set them unhappily wrong;
The point in dispute was, as all the world knows,
To which the said spectacles ought to belong
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Boadicea An Ode

When the British warrior queen, Bleeding from the Roman rods, Sought, with an indignant mien, Counsel of her country's gods, Sage beneath a spreading oak Sat the Druid, hoary chief; Every burning word he spoke Full of rage, and full of grief
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Olney Hymn 15 Praise For The Fountain Opened

There is a fountain fill'd with blood,
Drawn from Emmanuel's veins;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,
Lose all their guilty stains
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Stanzas On The Late Indecent Liberties Taken With The Remains Of The Great Milton

"Me too, perchance, in future days,
The sculptured stone shall show,
With Paphian myrtle or with
Parnassian on my brow
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To The Rev Mr Newton An Invitation Into The Country

The swallows in their torpid state Compose their useless wing,
And bees in hives as idly wait The call of early spring
The keenest frost that binds the stream, The wildest wind that blows,
Are neither felt nor fear'd by them, Secure...
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Olney Hymn 12 Ephraim Repenting

My God, till I received Thy stroke,
How like a beast was I
So unaccustom'd to the yoke,
So backward to comply
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Olney Hymn 3 Jehovah-Rophi I Am the Lord That Healeth Thee

Heal us,
here we are,
Waiting to feel Thy touch:
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Olney Hymn 25 Jehovah Jesus

My song shall bless the Lord of all,
My praise shall climb to His abode;
Saviour, by that name I call,
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Love Pure And Fervent

Jealous, and with love o'erflowing,
God demands a fervent heart;
Grace and bounty still bestowing,
Calls us to a grateful part
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Olney Hymn 52 For The Poor

When Hagar found the bottle spent And wept o'er Ishmael,
A message from the Lord was sent To guide her to a well
Should not Elijah's cake and cruse Convince us at this day,
A gracious God will not refuse Provisions by the way
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Olney Hymn 60 Abuse Of The Gospel

Too many,
Lord, abuse Thy grace In this licentious day,
And while they boast they see Thy face,
They turn their own away
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Olney Hymn 65 Grace And Providence

Almighty King
whose wondrous hand Supports the weight of sea and land;
Whose grace is such a boundless store,
No heart shall break that sighs for more
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Olney Hymn 54 Love Constraining To Obedience

No strength of nature can suffice To serve the Lord aright:
And what she has she misapplies,
For want of clearer light
How long beneath the law I lay In bondage and distress;
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On Delia Bid Adieu My Sad Heart

Bid adieu, my sad heart, bid adieu to thy peace
Thy pleasure is past, and thy sorrows increase;
See the shadows of evening how far they extend,
And a long night is coming, that never may end;
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Olney Hymn 2 Jehovah-Jireh The Lord Will Provide

The saints should never be dismay'd,
Nor sink in hopeless fear;
For when they least expect His aid,
The Saviour will appear
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