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Above:  William Cowper

William Cowper (1731-1800) was a great English poet and hymn writer.


Jesus, Where’er Thy People Meet:

O For a Closer Walk With God:


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Above:  Snow-Covered Trail, Seward, Alaska, 1916

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ppmsc-01960

Text (1769; published in 1772) by William Cowper (1731-1800)

Hymn Source #1  = The Hymnal (1941), Evangelical and Reformed Church

Hymn Source #2 = The Hymnal 1940 Companion (1949), The Episcopal Church

The original text was six stanzas long.


O for a closer walk with God,

A calm and heavenly frame,

A light to shine upon the road

That leads me to the Lamb.


Where is the blessedness I knew,

When first I saw the Lord?

Where is the soul-refreshing view

Of Jesus, and his word?


What peaceful hours I then enjoyed!

How sweet their memory still!

But they have left an aching void

The world can never fill.


Return, O Holy Dove, return,

Sweet messenger of rest;

I hate the sins that made Thee mourn,

And drove Thee from my breast.


The dearest idol I have known,

Whate’er that idol be,

Help me to tear it from Thy throne,

And worship only Thee.


So shall my walk be close with God,

Calm and serene my frame;

So purer light shall mark the road

That leads me to the Lamb.

Jesus, Where’er Thy People Meet   2 comments

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Trion, Georgia, June 27, 2010

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = The Church Hymnal (1935), of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ

Words by William Cowper (1731-1800), the great English poet, in 1769


1.  Jesus, where’er thy people meet,

There they behold thy mercy seat;

Wher-e’er they seek thee, thou art found,

And ev’ry place is hallowed ground.

2.  Dear Shepherd of thy chosen few,

Thy former mercies here renew;

Here to our waiting hearts proclaim

The sweetness of thy saving name.

3.  Here may we prove the pow’r of prayer

To strengthen faith and sweeten care,

To teach our faint desires to rise,

And bring all heav’n before our eyes.

4.  Lord, we are few, but thou art near;

Nor short thine arm, nor deaf thine ear:

Oh, rend the heav’ns, come quickly down,

And make a thousand hearts thine own.