Of all the gifts thine hand [love] bestows

Of all the gifts thine hand [love] bestows

Author: William Cowper
Tune: EAGLEY (Walch)
Published in 17 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Of all the gifts thine hand bestows,
Thou Giver of all good!
Not heav'n itself a richer knows,
Than my Redeemer's blood.

2 Faith too, the blood receiving grace,
From the same hand we gain;
Else sweetly, as it suits our case,
That gift had been in vain.

3 Till thou thy teaching pow'r apply,
Our hearts refuse to see,
And weak, as a distemper'd eye,
Shut out the view of thee.

4 Blind to the merits of thy Son,
What mis'ry we endure!
Yet fly that hand, from which alone,
We could expect a cure.

5 We praise thee, and would praise thee more,
To thee our all we owe;
The precious Saviour, and the pow'r
That makes him precious too.

Source: Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #CXCIV

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: Of all the gifts thine hand [love] bestows
Author: William Cowper
Copyright: Public Domain

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A Selection of Hymns for the use of social religious meetings, and for private devotions 2d ed. #82

A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d183

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Church Hymn Book #CXCIV

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Church Melodies #303

Gospel Hymns #d417

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Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #192

Hymns for Schools and Families #d375

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Hymns for Schools and Families, Specailly Designed for the Children of the Church #171

Hymns for the Use of the Society of United Christian Friends Professing the Faith of Universal Salvation #d309

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Hymns of Grace and Truth #191

Hymns of Grace and Truth. 2nd ed. #d270

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Hymns of the Church, Ancient and Modern #224

Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons 3rd Am. from 9th London ed. #d186

Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons #d175

The American Seaman's Hymn Book #d159

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The Baptist Hymn Book #533

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