No more I ask or hope to find

No more I ask or hope to find

Author: William Cowper
Published in 7 hymnals

Representative Text

1 No more I ask or hope to find,
Delight or happiness below;
Sorrow may well possess the mind
That feeds where thorns and thistles grow.

2 The joy that fades is not for me,
I seek immortal joys above;
There, glory without end shall be
The bright reward of faith and love.

3 Cleave to the world ye sordid worms,
contented lick your native dust:
But God shall fight, with all his storms,
Against the idol of your trust.

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

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: No more I ask or hope to find
Author: William Cowper
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

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