Courage, my soul, thy bitter cross

Courage, my soul, thy bitter cross

Author: William Cowper
Published in 8 hymnals

Author: William Cowper

William Cowper (pronounced "Cooper"; b. Berkampstead, Hertfordshire, England, 1731; d. East Dereham, Norfolk, England, 1800) is regarded as one of the best early Romantic poets. To biographers he is also known as "mad Cowper." His literary talents produced some of the finest English hymn texts, but his chronic depression accounts for the somber tone of many of those texts. Educated to become an attorney, Cowper was called to the bar in 1754 but never practiced law. In 1763 he had the opportunity to become a clerk for the House of Lords, but the dread of the required public examination triggered his tendency to depression, and he attempted suicide. His subsequent hospitalization and friendship with Morley and Mary Unwin provided emotional st… Go to person page >

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First Line: Courage, my soul, thy bitter cross
Author: William Cowper

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A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America #d111

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #409

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Hymn Service for the Sunday School #104

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Hymns of the Church Universal #448

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Hymns of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States, as authorized by the General Convention #339

The Christian Psalmist #d139

The Union Harp and Revival Chorister. Rev ed. #d78

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The Young People's Chorister #145a

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