1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Cowper

Reginald Heber to John Thornton, 15 February 1809; Life of Reginald Heber (1830) 1:334-35.



My Psalm-singing continues bad. Can you tell me where I can purchase Cowper's Olney hymns, with the music, and in a smaller size without the music, to put in the seats? Some of them I admire much, and any novelty is likely to become a favourite, and draw more people to join in the singing.... I have sometimes thought, and it has made me really uncomfortable, that since Rowland Hill's visit to the country, my congregation was thinner. Perhaps it was only owing to the bad weather, as my numbers are now a little increasing again. The test here of a Churchman is the Sacrament, which the Methodists never attend.