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Poetry

William Cowper (1731-1800)


There is a Fountain filled with Blood


There is a fountain filled with blood,
Drawn from Immanuel's veins;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood,
Lose all their guilty stains.

The dying thief rejoiced to see
That fountain in his day;
And there have I, as vile as he,
Washed all my sins away.

E'er since by faith I saw the stream
Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be till I die.

Dear dying Lamb, thy precious blood
Shall never lose it's power,
Till all the ransomed church of God
Be saved, to sin no more.


The Name of Jesus


How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
In a believer's ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
And drives away his fear.

It makes the wounded spirit whole,
And calms the troubled breast;
'Tis manna to the hungry soul,
And to the weary rest.

Dear Name! the rock on which I build,
My shield and hiding-place,
My never-failing treasury filled
With boundless stores of grace.

By thee my prayers acceptance gain,
Although with sin defiled;
Satan accuses me in vain,
And I am owned a child.

Jesus! my Shepherd, Husband, Friend,
My Prophet, Priest and King;
My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,
Accept the praise I bring.

Weak is the effort of my heart
And cold my warmest thought:
But, when I see thee as thou art,
I'll praise thee as I ought.

Till when I would thy love proclaim
With every fleeting breath;
And may the music of thy name
Refresh my soul in death.



William Cowper, a law student, at one time of his life spent eighteen months in an insane asylum after attempting suicide. After leaving the asylum he lived with the Unwins, staunch Calvinists. Upon the death of Morley Unwin, Mr. Cowper and Mrs. Unwin moved to Olney and there lived with John Newton. There Cowper, together with John Newton, the author of "Amazing Grace", co-wrote the "Olney Hymns". Cowper was the son of the Chaplin to King George II.


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