On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.
~ Zechariah 13:1
The story of William Cowper (pronounced “Cooper”) is a heartwarming tale of transformation from depression and insanity to salvation and poetic acclaim. Born near London in 1731 to a family on the periphery of the British court (his father was chaplain to King George II), Cowper’s life was constantly marked with tragedy. His three older siblings died as children, and his mother died giving birth to her fifth child when William was six years old.
He never recovered from the loss of his mother, who even at a young age had instilled in him a love of poetry. Eventually, after a mental breakdown and attempted suicide, Cowper was placed in an insane asylum. It was there, at the age of 33, that he came to Christ while reading in Romans 3:25 of the forgiveness and healing available through the blood of Jesus.