How long beneath the law I lay

How long beneath the law I lay

Author: William Cowper
Published in 22 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: How long beneath the law I lay
Author: William Cowper
Copyright: Public Domain

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Instances (1 - 22 of 22)

Church Hymn Book . 3rd ed. #d211

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Church Melodies #272

Family Hymns #d110

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Hymns for Social Worship #174

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Parish Hymns #253

Parish Psalmody #d299

Parish Psalmody #d307

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d330

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The New Baptist Psalmist and Tune Book #168

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The Primitive Baptist Hymnal #45

The Southern Psalmist #d328

The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d341

Union Hymns #d175

Village Hymns #d232

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Village hymns for social worship, selected and original #172

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Village hymns for social worship, selected and original #172

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Village Hymns for Social Worship, Selected and Original #172

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