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There's a Power in Prayer

Prayer makes the darkened cloud withdraw

Author: William Cowper
Tune: [Prayer makes the darkened cloud withdraw]
Published in 8 hymnals

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: Prayer makes the darkened cloud withdraw
Title: There's a Power in Prayer
Author: William Cowper
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 8 of 8)

Glory Songs #88

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Hymnal Companion to the Prayer Book #390a

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Hymnal Companion to the Prayer Book #390b

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Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #578

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Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #578

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The Cluster of Spiritual Songs, Divine Hymns and Sacred Poems #CCCXCVI

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The Primitive Baptist Hymnal #352

The Primitive Hymns #d477

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