Cowper often struggled with depression and doubt. One night he decided to commit suicide by drowning himself. He called a cab and told the driver to take him to the Thames River. However, thick fog came down and prevented them from finding the river (another version of the story has the driver getting lost deliberately).
Words: William Cowper, in Twenty-six Letters on Religious Subjects, by John Newton, 1774. It is reportedly the last hymn Cowper ever wrote, with a fascinating (though unsubstantiated) story behind it.Read More