I thirst, but not as once I did

I thirst, but not as once I did

Author: William Cowper
Tune: THIRSTING
Published in 63 hymnals

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1 I thirst, but not as once I did,
The vain delights of earth to share:
Thy wounds, Emmanuel, all forbid
That I should seek my pleasure there.

2 It was the sight of thy dear cross
First wean'd my soul from earthly things;
And taught me to esteem as dross
The mirth of fools and pomp of kings.

3 I want that grace that springs from thee,
That quickens all things where it flows,
And makes a wretched thorn, like me,
Bloom as the myrtle, or the rose.

4 Dear fountain of delight unknown!
No longer sink below the brim;
But overflow, and pour me down
A living, and life-giving stream!

5 For sure, of all the plants that share
The notice of thy Father's eye,
None proves less grateful to his care,
Or yields him meaner fruit than I.

Source: Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #420

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 Hasti… Go to person page >

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First Line: I thirst, but not as once I did
Author: William Cowper

Notes

I thirst, but not as once I did. W. Cowper. [Thirsting for God.] Given in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Bk. iii., No. 61, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "My soul thirsteth for God." It is found in several American collections, and in a few also in Great Britain. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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