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Light Shining Out of Darkness

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

God moves in a mysterious wayHis wonders to perform;He plants His footsteps in the sea,And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable minesOf never-failing skillHe treasures up His bright designs,And works His sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,The clouds ye so much dreadre big with mercy, and shall breakIn blessing on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,But trust Him for His graceBehind a frowning providenceHe hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,Unfolding every hour;The bud may have a bitter taste,But sweet will the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err,And scan His work in vain:God is His own interpreter,And He will make it plain.