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What thousands never knew the road

What thousands never knew the road

Author: William Cowper
Published in 20 hymnals

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1 What thousands never knew the road!
What thousands hate it when 'tis known!
None but the upright and sincere
Will seek or choose it for their own.

2 A thousand ways in ruin end,
One only leads to joys on high;
By that my willing steps ascend,
Pleased with a journey to the sky.

3 No more I ask, or hope to find
Delight or happiness below;
Sorrow may well possess the mind
That feeds where thorns and thistles grow.

4 The joy that fades is not for me,
I seek immortal joys above;
There glory, without end, shall be
The bright reward of faith and love.


Source: Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #417

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 >

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First Line: What thousands never knew the road
Author: William Cowper

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A Baptist Hymn Book, Designed Especially for the Regular Baptist Church and All Lovers of Truth #d843
A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #300TextPage Scan
A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: from the best authors; designed for the use of conference meetings, private circles, and congregations (21st ed. with an appendix) #867Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns for the Use of Social Religious Meetings and for Private Devotions. 7th ed. #193Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns for the use of social religious meetings, and for private devotions 2d ed. #115Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns, from the Best Authors, Designed as a Supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #d694
A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d245
Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #417TextPage Scan
Hymns of the Church Militant #300Page Scan
Hymns of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States, as authorized by the General Convention: with an additional selection #366Page Scan
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #450Page Scan
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship, published by General Synod for the Evangelical Lutheran Church. 68th ed. (8th rev. ed.) #d885
Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #450TextPage Scan
Hymns: original and selected, for public and private worship in the Evangelical Lutheran Church (16th rev. ed.) #450Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (4th ed. 3rd rev. ed.) #450Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #450Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #450Page Scan
Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected. (14th stereotype ed.) #62Page Scan
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: original and selected (5th ed.) #B62Page Scan
The Christian Psalter #d622



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