William Cowper

(26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800 / Hertfordshire)

Mourning And Longing

Poem by William Cowper

The Saviour hides His face;
My spirit thirsts to prove
Renew'd supplies of pardoning grace,
And never-fading love.

The favor'd souls who know
What glories shine in Him,
Pant for His presence as the roe
Pants for the living stream.

What trifles tease me now!
They swarm like summer flies!
They cleave to everything I do,
And swim before my eyes.

How dull the Sabbath day,
Without the Sabbath's Lord!
How toilsome then to sing and pray,
And wait upon the Word!

Of all the truths I hear,
How few delight my taste!
I glean a berry here and there,
But mourn the vintage past.

Yet let me (as I ought)
Still hope to be supplied;
No pleasure else is worth a thought,
Nor shall I be denied.

Though I am but a worm,
Unworthy of His care,
The Lord will my desire perform,
And grant me all my prayer.

Comments about Mourning And Longing by William Cowper

  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (3/16/2016 6:25:00 PM)

    There are those who can write beautiful poetry of faith, William Cowper obviously has the faith(Report)Reply

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  • M Asim NehalM Asim Nehal (3/16/2016 12:45:00 PM)

    Nicely written prayer, Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Kim BarneyKim Barney (3/16/2016 11:35:00 AM)

    Almost like a prayer. His faith is evident in his words.(Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (3/16/2016 9:45:00 AM)

    Such a heart felt and touching prayer.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (3/16/2016 6:21:00 AM)

    Amazing flow of imagery as well as poem and their confluence with melancholy. Thanks for sharing it here.(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/16/2016 3:37:00 AM)

    How nice it is to sing the poem beyond words.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (3/16/2016 2:25:00 AM)

    Of all the truths i hear! Though i am a worm. Great work! ! Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Moira CameronMoira Cameron (3/16/2016 12:24:00 AM)

    There is a beautiful melancholy flow to this. I don't know enough about Cowper to appreciate the context of this poem, but I can appreciate its expression.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003