My former hopes are dead

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My former hopes are dead is a hymn by William Cowper, from Olney Hymns, 1779, Hymn 8 of Book 3.

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1  My former hopes are dead,
My terror now begins;
I feel, alas! that I am dead
In trespasses and sins.

2  Ah whither shall I fly!
I hear the thunder roar:
The law proclaims destruction nigh,
And vengeance at the door.

3  When I review my ways,
I dread impending doom;
But sure a friendly whisper says,
"Flee from the wrath to come."

4  I see, or think I see,
A glimmering from afar;
A beam of day that shines, for me,
To save me from despair.

5  Forerunner of the sun,
It marks the pilgrim's way:
I'll gaze upon it while I run,
And watch the rising day.

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