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For the Poor

Olney Hymns, William Cowper, from Cowper's Poems, Sheldon & Company, New York

When Hagar found the bottle spent,And wept o'er Ishmael,A message from the Lord was sentTo guide her to a well.

Should not Elijah's cake and cruseConvince us at this day,A gracious God will not refuseProvisions by the way?

His saints and servants shall be fed,The promise is secure;"Bread shall be given them," as He said,"Their water shall be sure."

Repasts far richer they shall prove,Than all earth's dainties are;&ls;Tis sweet to taste a Saviour's love,Though in the meanest fare.

To Jesus then your trouble bring,Nor murmur at your lot;While you are poor and He is King,You shall not be forgot.