William Cowper's Olney Hymns
These hymns were written in Olney, England and were originally published in 1779. This collection includes William Cowper's 68 Olney hymns, and twelve other sacred works. All of Cowper's most loved hymns are found here: God Moves in Mysterious Ways, There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood, and O for a Closer Walk with God. This edition also contains a brief biographical sketch of William Cowper by Rev. Henry Stebbing, A. M. (1799-1883). All Bible references are full text.
In order to be faithful to William Cowper's original intentions, hymn text will be uniform with the wording, punctuation, contractions and stanza formatting of the Olney Hymns first edition published by W. Oliver in 1779. Visit the Olney city photos page. Paperback, 126 pages, 2 illustrations. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9780981750590; LCCN 2009941366
Excerpt from William Cowper's Olney Hymns:
VANITY OF THE WORLD.
GOD gives his mercies to be spent;
Your hoard will do your soul no good;
Gold is a blessing only lent,
Repaid by giving others food.
The world's esteem is but a bribe,
To buy their peace you sell your own;
The slave of a vain-glorious tribe,
Who hate you while they make you known.
The joy that vain amusements give,
Oh! sad conclusion that it brings!
The honey of a crowded hive,
Defended by a thousand stings.
'Tis thus the world rewards the fools
That live upon her treacherous smiles:
She leads them, blindfold, by her rules,
And ruins all whom she beguiles.
God knows the thousands who go down
From pleasure, into endless woe;
And with a long despairing groan
Blaspheme their Maker as they go.
O fearful thought! be timely wise;
Delight but in a Saviour's charms,
And God shall take you to the skies,
Embrac'd in everlasting arms.