The William Cowper Collection contains six volumes from the beloved poet and hymnodist. These volumes include his poems, hymns, poetry translations, and correspondence. His poems and hymns are deeply rooted in his faith, and his mixing of evangelical spirit and love for nature made him one of the most popular poets of his day. This collection includes the popular Olney Hymns, his collaboration with John Newton, author of “Amazing Grace.” It also contains his popular collection The Task, the epic poem Tirocinium, and over 100 miscellaneous poems and hymns.
It’s in Cowper’s letters, though, that we find some of his most profound statements about faith. A prolific letter writer, Cowper wrote candidly to friends and family. The four-volume Correspondence of William Cowper contains hundreds of Cowper’s letters, spanning more than 40 years and revealing a man who strived each day to walk further in his faith. Editor Thomas Wright, who assembled and annotated the letters, also wrote the biography of Cowper included here.
This is the ultimate William Cowper collection, containing all his poems, hymns, and correspondence. In the Logos edition, all Scripture passages are tagged and appear on mouse-over. For scholarly work or personal Bible study, this makes these texts more powerful and easier to access than ever before. Perform powerful searches by topic or Scripture reference—finding, for example, every mention of “faith” or “John 3:16.”
William Cowper (1731–1800) was born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England. Studying for a career in law, he was offered a clerkship of journals in the House of Lords in 1763. Before he could take his final exams, he suffered a mental breakdown and spent time in an asylum to recover from several suicide attempts. It was after his recovery that he moved in with the Unwin family—a retired clergyman and his wife. Through this family he would meet John Newton, and the two of them would collaborate on the Olney Hymns. Cowper continued to battle depression, but he also continued to write and publish poems; he was a prolific letter writer. In 1786, Cowper began translating Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey into blank verse. They were published to great acclaim in 1791. Over the next years, he would take on other translation projects, including works of Greek and Italian poetry. In 1800, Cowper was suddenly hit with edema and passed away. He was buried in the chapel of St. Thomas of Canterbury, St. Nicholas Church, East Dereham.