Submissive Resignation

O Lord, my best desires fulfill

Author: William Cowper
Published in 257 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 O Lord, my best desire fulfil,
And help me to resign
Life, health, and comfort to Thy will,
And make Thy pleasure mine.

2 Why should I shrink at Thy command,
Whose love forbids my fears?
Or tremble at the gracious hand
That wipes away my tears?

3 No, rather let me freely yield
What most I prize to Thee,
Who never hast a good withheld,
Or wilt withhold, from me.

4 Thy favor, all my journey through,
Thou art engaged to grant:
What else I want, or think I do,
'Tis better still to want.

Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-book #389

Author: William Cowper

William Cowper (pronounced "Cooper"; b. Berkampstead, Hertfordshire, England, 1731; d. East Dereham, Norfolk, England, 1800) is regarded as one of the best early Romantic poets. To biographers he is also known as "mad Cowper." His literary talents produced some of the finest English hymn texts, but his chronic depression accounts for the somber tone of many of those texts. Educated to become an attorney, Cowper was called to the bar in 1754 but never practiced law. In 1763 he had the opportunity to become a clerk for the House of Lords, but the dread of the required public examination triggered his tendency to depression, and he attempted suicide. His subsequent hospitalization and friendship with Morley and Mary Unwin provided emotional st… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O Lord, my best desires fulfill
Title: Submissive Resignation
Author: William Cowper
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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The Cyber Hymnal #11912
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)

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A Collection of Divine Hymns from Various Authors #d45

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A Collection of Hymns #312

A Collection of Hymns & Spiritual Songs, for Public and Family Worship #d95

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A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy for the Use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches #319

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A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy #319

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A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy #319

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A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #280

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A Collection of Hymns for the use of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in America #758

A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America #d378

A Collection of Hymns from Various Authors. New ed. #d242

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A Collection of Hymns, for the Christian Church and Home #130

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the United Brethren in Christ #670

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #172

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A Collection of Hymns #317

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship #418

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (10th ed.) #418

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (6th ed.) #418

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (3rd ed.) #418

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #418

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #418

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Social and Private Worship #CXXX

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #394

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Universalist Societies and Families 16ed. #392

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #274

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #136

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #355

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A Liturgy and Hymns for Church Sunday Schools #128

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A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #166

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A Select Verse System for the Use of Individuals, Families, and Schools #129

A Selection of Hymns #d209

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (2nd ed. Enl. and Imp.) #168

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (6th ed.) #177

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms, for Social and Private Worship. (11th ed.) #177

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms #168

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #H.CLXIV

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #H.CLXIV

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A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship. In four parts (10th ed.) (Gadsby's Hymns) #259

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A Selection of Hymns for Worship (2nd ed.) #408

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A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors. #277

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A Selection of Hymns #CCLXXVII

A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d57

A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for ... Diocese of Nova Scotia. 3rd ed. #d251

A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of the Diocese of Nova Scotia. 3rd ed. #d250

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A Selection of Sacred Poetry #355

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A Selection of Sacred Poetry #355

Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin and Other States #d191

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Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #348

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Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #505

Chapel Hymns #d411

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Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship #449

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Christian Melodies #297

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Christian Melodies #297

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Church Book #420

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Church Book #420

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d789

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Church Melodies #557

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Church Psalmist #409

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Church Psalmist #409

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Church Psalmist #409

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Church Psalmody #H335

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Church Psalmody #335

Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d516

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Devotional hymns #262

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Dyer's Psalmist #304

Evangelical Lutheran Hymn Book with Tunes #d334

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-book #267

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-book #389

Evangelical Lutheran Hymnbook (Lutheran Conference of Missouri and Other States) #d259

Family Hymns #d176

Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home and Services for Congregational Worship. Rev. ed. #d507

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Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #286

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Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #261

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Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #251

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #595

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship. 8th ed. #a595

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #439

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #439

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #679

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Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #679

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Hymn-Book of the Evangelical Association #497

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Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #788

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs (New ed.) #102

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #619

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