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I was a groveling creature once

I was a groveling creature once

Author: William Cowper
Published in 29 hymnals

Full Text

1 I was a groveling creature once,
And basely cleaved to earth;
I wanted wisdom to renounce
The clod that gave me birth.

2 But God hath spoke from heaven above,
And blest a guilty worm;
Hath given the wings of joy and love
To seek an Angel's form.

3 With these to Pisgah's top I fly,
And there delighted stand;
I hear the promise from on high,
And view the glorious land.

4 Blest Lord of all the vast domain,
This promise is to me;
The length, the breadth, and all the plain,
And more than faith can see.

5 Though comforting this gracious pledge,
To thee for help I call,
For still I stand on Pisgah's edge:
O save me lest I fall!

6 Though much exalted by the Lord,
My strength is not my own;
O let me tremble at his word,
Then none shall cast me down.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

Author: William Cowper

Cowper, William, the poet. The leading events in the life of Cowper are: born in his father's rectory, Berkhampstead, Nov. 26, 1731; educated at Westminster; called to the Bar, 1754; madness, 1763; residence at Huntingdon, 1765; removal to Olney, 1768; to Weston, 1786; to East Dereham, 1795; death there, April 25,1800. The simple life of Cowper, marked chiefly by its innocent recreations and tender friendships, was in reality a tragedy. His mother, whom he commemorated in the exquisite "Lines on her picture," a vivid delineation of his childhood, written in his 60th year, died when he was six years old. At his first school he was profoundly wretched, but happier at Westminster; excelling at cricket and football, and numbering Warren Hastin… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I was a groveling creature once
Author: William Cowper
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

Timeline

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A New Selection of Hymns; designed for the use of conference meetings, private circles, and congregations, as a supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #305Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns #d138
A Selection of Hymns for the Use of Social Religious Meetings and for Private Devotions. 7th ed. #238Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns for the use of social religious meetings, and for private devotions 2d ed. #112Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d119
Chapel Hymns: a selection of hymns, with appropriate tunes; adapted to vestry or other social religious meetings #82Page Scan
Christian Psalmody, in Four Parts; containing Dr. Watt's Psalms Abridged; Dr. Watt's Hymns Abridged; Select Hymns from Other Authors; and Select Harmony: together with directions... (2nd. ed.) #SH61Page Scan
Hymns of the Church Militant #169Page Scan
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #355Page Scan
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship, published by General Synod for the Evangelical Lutheran Church. 68th ed. (8th rev. ed.) #d355
Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #355TextPage Scan
Hymns: original and selected, for public and private worship in the Evangelical Lutheran Church (16th rev. ed.) #355Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (4th ed. 3rd rev. ed.) #355Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #355Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #355Page Scan
Mother's Hymn Book . New ed. #d58
Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d361
Select Hymns: the third part of Christian Psalmody; with directions for musical expression (Stereotype ed.) #61Page Scan
Songs for Social and Public Worship #436Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn Book: original and selected: in two parts #B90Page Scan
The Congregational Hymn Book: for the service of the sanctuary #688Page Scan
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors to which are added, a number never before published. #157Page Scan
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the Most Approved Authors: to which are added a number never before published #CLVIITextPage Scan
The Hartford Selection of Hymns: from the most approved authors: to which are added a number never before published (2nd ed.) #CLVIITextPage Scan
The Lecture-Room Hymn-Book: containing the psalms and hymns of the book of common prayer, together with a choice selection of additional hymns, and an appendix of chants and tunes... #H400Page Scan
The Mother's Hymn Book: compiled from various authors and private manuscripts: for the use of maternal associations, and for special occasions of social and private worship #124Page Scan
The New Congregational Hymn and Tune Book, for Public, Social and Private Worship #238Page Scan
The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D.: to which are added select hymns, from other authors; and directions for musical expression (New ed.) #D61Page Scan
The Vestry Hymn Book #d208



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