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 >
My song shall bless the Lord of all. W. Cowper. [The Godhead of Christ.] First published in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Book ii., No. 38, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "Jehovah Jesus." Although not in extensive use, it is a dogmatic hymn of more than usual merit, and is worthy of greater attention.
TRURO is an anonymous tune, first published in Thomas Williams's Psalmodia Evangelica, (second vol., 1789) as a setting for Isaac Watts' "Now to the Lord a noble song." Virtually nothing is known about this eighteenth-century British editor of the two-volume Psalmodia Evangelica, a collection of thr…
Display Title: My Song Shall Bless the Lord of AllFirst Line: My song shall bless the Lord of allTune Title: TRUROAuthor: William CowperMeter: LMSource: Olney Hymns (London: W. Oliver, 1779), number 38