O Lord I Will Praise Thee

Representative Text

1 I will praise thee ev'ry day,
Now thine anger's turn'd away!
comfortable thoughts arise
From the bleeding sacrifice.

2 here in the fair gospel field,
Wells of free salvation yield,
Streams of life a plenteous store,
And my soul shall thirst no more.

3 Jesus is become at length
My salvation and my strength;
And his praises shall prolong,
While I live, my pleasant song.

4 Praise ye then his glorious name,
Publish his exalted fame!
Still his worth your praise exceeds,
Excellent are all his deeds.

5 Raise again thy joyful sound,
Let the nations roll it round1
Zion shout, for this is he,
God the Saviour dwells in thee.

Source: Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #24

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 >

Text Information

First Line: I will praise thee every day
Title: O Lord I Will Praise Thee
Author: William Cowper
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

I will praise Thee every day. W. Cowper. [Praise for Salvation.] Published in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Bk. i., No. 58, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "O Lord, I will praise Thee." It is found in a few modern collections, including the Congregational Church Hymnal, 1887.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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