My Savior, whom absent I love

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: My Savior, whom absent I love
Author: William Cowper
Copyright: Public Domain

Tune

DE FLEURY (German)

The tune most commonly known as DE FLEURY is a German folk tune. In American shape-note tradition the tune is known as GREEN FIELDS or GREENFIELDS. J. S. Bach quoted it in his "Peasant Cantata," but he did not compose it. It has also been misattributed to Maria DeFleury and to Lewis Edson. Edson wro…

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Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music for the Church and the Choir #d575

Children's Praise #d97

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Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church #417

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Hymns for the Sanctuary and Social Worship #571

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Laudes Domini #401

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Laudes Domini #788

Melodies of Heaven #d88

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Offices of Worship and Hymns #1510

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Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs #830

Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #ad712

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Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #b746

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Songs for the Sanctuary #746

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Songs for the Sanctuary #746

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Songs for the Sanctuary #746

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #746

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or, Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Words only) #746

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Songs of the Church #462

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Songs of the Soul #55

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The Baptist Praise Book #1039

The Book of Worship #d328

The Canadian Baptist Hymnal for the use of Churches and Families #d405

The Church of God Selection of Spiritual Songs for the Church and Choir #d570

The Church-Book #d272

The Hymnal of the Reformed Church in the United States #d412

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The Otterbein Hymnal #325

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The People's Hymnal #325

The Service of Song for Baptist Churches #d569

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Worship in Song #582

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