William Cowper, damned?

William Cowper

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The Christian poet and hymnodist William Cowper (1731-1800) at times in his life believed that he was already and irrevocably damned: damned to hell, and facing the additional doom of carrying that knowledge while still walking around in earthly daylight.

In keeping with our contemporary notion of professional comics as tormented, gloomy souls, Cowper had a distinctive and weird comic gift. …

Read former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky’s article on Cowper here.


2 responses to “William Cowper, damned?

  1. Once read a post by a minister saying any couple who lived together before marriage were “ruined.” I have often claimed my ruination ever since while walking with God as my life unfolds


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