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Peace After a Storm

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

When darkness long has veil'd my mind,And smiling day once more appears,Then, my Redeemer, then I findThe folly of my doubts and fears.

Straight I upbraid my wandering heart,And blush that I should ever beThus prone to act so base a part,Or harbour one hard thought of Thee!

Oh! let me then at length be taughtWhat I am still so slow to learn,That God is love, and changes not,Nor knows the shadow of a turn.

Sweet truth, and easy to repeat!But when my faith is sharply tried,I find myself a learner yet,Unskillful, weak, and apt to slide.

But, O my Lord, one look from TheeSubdues the disobedient will,Drives doubt and discontent away,And Thy rebellious worm is still.

Thou art as ready to forgiveAs I am ready to repine;Thou, therefore, all the praise receive;Be shame and self-abhorrence mine.