No strength of nature can suffice

No strength of nature can suffice

Author: William Cowper
Tune: ST. PAUL (Chalmers' Collection)
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1. No strength of nature can suffice
To serve the Lord aright;
And what she has, she misapplies,
For want of clearer light.

2. How long beneath the Law I lay
In bondage and distress!
I toiled the precept to obey,
But toiled without success.

3. Then to abstain from outward sin
Was more than I could do;
Now, if I feel its power within,
I feel I hate it too.

4. Then all my servile works were done
A righteousness to raise;
Now, freely chosen in the Son,
I freely choose His ways.

5. What shall I do was then the word,
That I may worthier grow?
What shall I render to the Lord?
Is my inquiry now.

6. To see the Law by Christ fulfilled,
And hear His pardoning voice;
Changes a slave into a child,
And duty into choice.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #4591

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 >

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