What thousands never knew the road

What thousands never knew the road

Author: William Cowper
Published in 20 hymnals

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1 What thousands never knew the road!
What thousands hate it when 'tis known!
None but the upright and sincere
Will seek or choose it for their own.

2 A thousand ways in ruin end,
One only leads to joys on high;
By that my willing steps ascend,
Pleased with a journey to the sky.

3 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.

4 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.


Source: Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #417

Author: William Cowper

Cowper, William, the poet. The leading events in the life of Cowper are: born in his father's rectory, Berkhampstead, Nov. 26, 1731; educated at Westminster; called to the Bar, 1754; madness, 1763; residence at Huntingdon, 1765; removal to Olney, 1768; to Weston, 1786; to East Dereham, 1795; death there, April 25, 1800. The simple life of Cowper, marked chiefly by its innocent recreations and tender friendships, was in reality a tragedy. His mother, whom he commemorated in the exquisite "Lines on her picture," a vivid delineation of his childhood, written in his 60th year, died when he was six years old. At his first school he was profoundly wretched, but happier at Westminster; excelling at cricket and football, and numbering Warren Hasti… Go to person page >

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First Line: What thousands never knew the road
Author: William Cowper

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A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d245

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Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #417

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #450

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Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #450

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #450

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #450

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Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected. (14th stereotype ed.) #62

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Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: original and selected (5th ed.) #B62

The Christian Psalter #d622

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