There is  Fountain Filled with Blood

 

There is a fountain filled with blood, Drawn  from Immanuel’s veins,

And sinners, plunged beneath that flood, Lose all their guilty stains.

 

Lose all their guilty stains,  Lose all their guilty stains.

And sinners, plunged beneath that flood, Lose all their guilty stains.

 

The dying thief rejoiced to see, That fountain in his day,

And there may I, though vile as he, Wash all my sins away.

 

Wash all my sins away, Wash all my sins away,

And there may I, though vile as he, Wash all my sins away.

 

William Cowper (pronounced Cooper), was born in England, the fourth child of a British Clergyman and his wife, on November 26, 1731.  His three siblings died; then his mother died when he was only six years old which left William emotionally unstable.

 

He was sent to a boarding school where he was bullied for two years.  He was later transferred to Westminster where things improved greatly, and he developed an interest in poetry.  It was his father’s desire for him to become a lawyer, but he experienced an acute attack of anxiety while preparing for his bar exam and attempted suicide.

 

William went to an asylum where he slowly recovered. It was here that he gave his heart to the Lord after reading Romans 3:25, “For God sent Jesus Christ to take the punishment for our sins…He used Christ’s blood and our faith as the means of saving us from His wrath.”   In 1773 after reading Zechariah 13:1, which states a fountain will be opened to cleanse from all their sins and uncleanness, William wrote this hymn.

 

Over time William had become a close friend of  a widow lady, Mrs. Irwin, and they were engaged to be married.  However, Mrs. Irwin died in 1776 causing a  permanent state of depression which led to William’s death on April 25, 1800.

 

The sad history of  William Cowper’s life is just another example of how God can use anyone to further His kingdom.  As the song reminds us,  His blood will wash all my sins away — not just some, but all of them.  Romans 3:22 says we can all be saved no matter who we are or what we have been like. There is power in the blood of Jesus!