I was a groveling creature once

I was a groveling creature once

Author: William Cowper
Published in 29 hymnals

Representative Text

1 I was a groveling creature once,
And basely cleaved to earth;
I wanted wisdom to renounce
The clod that gave me birth.

2 But God hath spoke from heaven above,
And blest a guilty worm;
Hath given the wings of joy and love
To seek an Angel's form.

3 With these to Pisgah's top I fly,
And there delighted stand;
I hear the promise from on high,
And view the glorious land.

4 Blest Lord of all the vast domain,
This promise is to me;
The length, the breadth, and all the plain,
And more than faith can see.

5 Though comforting this gracious pledge,
To thee for help I call,
For still I stand on Pisgah's edge:
O save me lest I fall!

6 Though much exalted by the Lord,
My strength is not my own;
O let me tremble at his word,
Then none shall cast me down.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

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 >

Text Information

First Line: I was a groveling creature once
Author: William Cowper
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

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Instances

Instances (1 - 29 of 29)

A Selection of Hymns #d138

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A Selection of Hymns for the use of social religious meetings, and for private devotions 2d ed. #112

A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d119

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Hymns of the Church Militant #169

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #355

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Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #355

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #355

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #355

Mother's Hymn Book . New ed. #d58

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d361

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Songs for Social and Public Worship #436

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The Baptist Hymn Book: original and selected: in two parts #B90

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The Congregational Hymn Book: for the service of the sanctuary #688

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The New Congregational Hymn and Tune Book, for Public, Social and Private Worship #238

The Vestry Hymn Book #d208

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