Dear Lord, accept a sinful heart

Dear Lord, accept a sinful heart

Author: William Cowper
Published in 14 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: Dear Lord, accept a sinful heart
Author: William Cowper
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Dear Lord, accept a sinful heart. W. Cowper. [Self-acquaintance.] First published in J. Newton's Twenty-Six Letters on Religious Subjects, &c, by Omicron, 1774, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and again in K. Conyers's Collection of the same year. In 1779 it was also iucluded in the Olney Hymns, Bk. iii., No. 26. It is found in a few modern collections, including Dr. Dale's English Hymn Bookm 1874.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #983

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A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors. #A26

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d213

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Church Psalmody #H413

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Church Psalmody #413

Hymns of Salvation #d32

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Manual of Christian Psalmody #413

Melodies of the Church #d201

Sabbath School and Social Hymns of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of the U.S.A. #d52

The American Seaman's Hymn Book #d48

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The Christian Psalmist #319

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The Liturgy and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum #458

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The Lyrica #305

The Village Hymn book #d54

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