His master taken from his head, Elisha saw

His master taken from his head, Elisha saw

Author: William Cowper
Published in 15 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: His master taken from his head, Elisha saw
Author: William Cowper

Notes

His Master taken from his head. W. Cowper. [Death of a Minister.] First published in the Olney Hymns, Bk. ii., No. 73, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines. It was more frequently found in the older collections than in modern hymn-books, but it is still in use in America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Instances (1 - 15 of 15)

A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America #d203

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #671

A Selection of Hymns #d120

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Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #747

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Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #305

Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons 3rd Am. from 9th London ed. #d90

Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons #d81

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Select Hymns, The Third Part of Christian Psalmody. 3rd ed. #aa148

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Select Hymns #148

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Selection of Hymns, for Public Worship designed to be used with Watts' #66

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The Baptist Hymn Book #768

The Providence Selection of Hymns, Supplementary to Dr. Watts. #d114

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The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. #D148

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