Majestic like the Sun

6 Oct 2023 | Bible | 0 comments

The Spirit breathes upon the Word,

And brings the truth to sight;

Precepts and promises afford,

A sanctifying light.


A glory gilds the sacred page,

Majestic, like the sun:

It gives a light to every age,

It gives, but borrows none.


The Hand that gave it still supplies

The gracious light and heat.

Its truths upon the nations rise;

They rise, but never set.


Let everlasting thanks be Thine

For such a bright display,

As makes a world of darkness shine

With beams of heavenly day.


My soul rejoices to pursue

The steps of Him I love,

Till glory breaks upon my view

In brighter worlds above.


Wlliam Cowper (1731-1800)




Notes from the Compiler

In 1763 William Cowper attempted suicide but, committed to an asylum, prayer led to a recovery and his conversion to the evangelical Anglican way. In 1773 there was a relapse, but his friendship with John Newton (1725-1807) persisted and led to a partnership which bore fruit in the publication of Olney Hymns in 1779, and four poems expressing his opposition to the slave trade..


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