Hark, my soul! it is the Lord!

Hark, my soul! it is the Lord!

Author: William Cowper (1768)
Tune: ST. BEES (Dykes)
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1 Hark, my soul, it is the Lord;
'tis thy Saviour, hear his word;
Jesus speaks, and speaks to thee,
'Say, poor sinner, lov'st thou me?

2 'I delivered thee when bound,
and, when wounded, healed thy wound;
sought thee wandering, set thee right,
turned thy darkness into light.

3 'Can a woman's tender care
cease towards the child she bare?
Yes, she may forgetful be,
yet will I remember thee.

4 'Mine is an unchanging love,
higher than the heights above,
deeper than the depths beneath,
free and faithful, strong as death.

5 'Thou shalt see my glory soon,
when the work of grace is done;
partner of my throne shalt be:
say, poor sinner, lov'st thou me?'

6 Lord, it is my chief complaint
that my love is weak and faint;
yet I love thee, and adore;
O for grace to love thee more!

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #654

Author: William Cowper

Cowper, William, the poet. The leading events in the life of Cowper are: born in his father's rectory, Berkhampstead, Nov. 26, 1731; educated at Westminster; called to the Bar, 1754; madness, 1763; residence at Huntingdon, 1765; removal to Olney, 1768; to Weston, 1786; to East Dereham, 1795; death there, April 25,1800. The simple life of Cowper, marked chiefly by its innocent recreations and tender friendships, was in reality a tragedy. His mother, whom he commemorated in the exquisite "Lines on her picture," a vivid delineation of his childhood, written in his 60th year, died when he was six years old. At his first school he was profoundly wretched, but happier at Westminster; excelling at cricket and football, and numbering Warren Hastin… Go to person page >


Hark, my soul, it is the Lord. W. Cowper. [Divine Love.] Published in Maxfield's New Appendix, 1768, and again in the Gospel Magazine, August, 1771, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and signed "Omega." In 1774 it was included in R. Conyers's Collection, No. 53; and in 1779 in the Olney Hymns, Book i., No. 118. It rapidly attained great popularity with hymn-book compilers; and is found at the present time in most of the high-class hymnals in all English-speaking countries. It is a lyric of great tenderness and beauty, and ranks as one of Cowper’s best hymns. In Kennedy, 1863, No. 503, the opening line is mutilated into "Hearken, soul, it is the Lord." This is not repeated elsewhere. The original has been translated into several languages, including Latin: "Audin'? Adest Dominus," by John W. Hales, in the Academy, Nov. 3rd, 1883; and Italian:—"Senti, senti, anima mea," by W. E. Gladstone, in the Nineteenth Century, 1883.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Hark, my soul, it is the Lord, p. 488, i. Rendered into Latin as "Audi, Anima! loquentem," by H. M. Macgill, in his Songs of the Christian Creed & Life, 1876.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)



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