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Joy and Peace in Believing

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

Sometimes a light surprisesThe Christian while he sings;It is the Lord who rises With healing on His wings"When comforts are declining,He grants the soul againA season of clear shining,To cheer it after rain.

In holy contemplationWe sweetly then pursueThe theme of God's salvation,And find it ever new;Set free from present sorrow,We cheerfully can say,E'en let the unknown tomorrowBring with it what it may!

It can bring with it nothing,But He will bear us through;Who gives the lilies clothing,Will clothe His people too;Beneath the spreading heavensNo creature but is fed;And He who feeds the ravens Will give His children bread.

Though vine nor fig tree neitherTheir wonted fruit shall bear,Though all the field should wither,Nor flocks nor herds be there:Yet God the same abiding,His praise shall tune my voice;For, while in Him confiding,I cannot but rejoice.