Lord, unafflicted, undismayed

Lord, unafflicted, undismayed

Author: William Cowper
Published in 13 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Lord, unafflicted, undismayed,
In pleasure's path how long I stayed!
Bur Thou hast made me feel Thy rod,
And turned my soul to Thee, my God.

2 What though it pierced my fainting heart,
I bless Thy hand that cased the smart;
It taught my tears a while to flow,
But saved me from eternal woe.

3 Oh hadst Thou left me unchastised,
Thy precepts I had still despised,
And still the snare, in secret laid
Had my unwary feet betrayed.

4 I love Thy chastenings, oh my God;
They fix my hopes on Thy abode,
Where, in Thy presence fully blest,
Thy stricken saints for ever rest.

Source: The Book of Worship #320

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: Lord, unafflicted, undismayed
Author: William Cowper



Instances (1 - 13 of 13)
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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the United Brethren in Christ #920

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A Collection of Sacred Song #42(H161)

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A Collection of Sacred Song #42(H161)

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Hymns for the Sanctuary and Social Worship #882

Hymns for the Use of the Brethren in Christ #d285

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Hymns of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States, as authorized by the General Convention #161

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Selections from the Psalms of David in Metre #H161

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The Baptist Psalmody #758

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The Book of Worship #320

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The Lecture-Room Hymn-Book #H161

The Olive Branch #d75

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The Psalmist #S80

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