Cowper was eventually admitted to an Asylum but by the grace of God a relative visited him there and told him of Jesus’ power to save him. For the very first time in his life a ray of hope shone into his dark heart. After the relative departed, Cowper opened the Bible and the first passage he read was, Romans 3:25, “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood.” The Blood of Jesus became a very precious truth to him. The first hymn he wrote was, There is a Fountain Filled with Blood based on of Zechariah 13:1. This hymn was so greatly loved by, “The Prince of Preachers”, C.H. Spurgeon that he asked that at least one verse be engraved on his tomb stone, which one can view to this day, “E’re since by faith I saw the stream, Thy flowing wounds supply, Redeeming love has been my theme, And shall be till I die.” Cowper’s name will be familiar to the reader, for when we looked at John Newton’s Amazing Grace and the history of the Hymn itself, William Cowper was mentioned as he was neighbour and inseparable best friends to John Newton and together they were responsible for the creation of The Hymn, and compiled the very first Hymn Book, Olney Hymns, to which Cowper contributed 67 hymns. This was the beginning of popular hymns. His use of words was amazing. He was considered the greatest nat
Drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains.
The dying thief rejoiced to see
That fountain in his day;
And there have I, though vile as he,
Washed all my sins away!
I do believe, I shall believe,
That Jesus died for me!
That on the Cross He shed His blood
From sin to set me free.
Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood
Shall never lose its power
Till all the ransomed church of God
Be saved, to sin no more.
E’er since, by faith, I saw the stream
Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be till I die.