William Cowper (1731-1800) was an English poet and hymn writer. Though never a preacher of the gospel, his hymns have blessed generations of the Lord’s people. He became close friends with John Newton, which led to the publication of the Olney Hymns—a collection of hymns designed to be used by Newton’s congregation. Both men were Abolitionists, campaigning to end the slave trade. Cowper wrote several anti-slavery compositions, one of which was called “The Negro’s Complaint”, frequently quoted by Martin Luther King Jr during the civil rights movement of the 20th century.
O Lord, My Best Desire Fulfill
Philippians 4:10-13: "But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."