Sometimes a Light Surprises

At the time of the printing of this hymnal, the words “to” and “morrow’ were still in process of becoming a single word. Apparently, “fig” and “tree” were trying to perform a similar merger that never caught on.

Verse 1:
Sometimes a light surprises
The Christian while he sings;
It is the Lord who rises
With healing in his wings:
When comforts are declining,
He grants the soul again
A season of clear shining,
To cheer it after rain.

Verse 2:
In holy contemplation,
We sweetly then pursue
The theme of God’s salvation,
And find it ever new:
Set free from present sorrow,
We cheerfully can say,
Let the unknown to-morrow
Bring with it what it may.

Verse 3:
It can bring with it nothing,
But He will bring us through;
Who gives the lilies clothing,
Will clothe His people too:
Beneath the spreading heavens,
No creature but is fed;
And He who feeds the ravens,
Will give His children bread.

Verse 4:
Though vine nor fig-tree neither,
Their wonted fruit should bear,
Though all the fields shall 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.

W. Cowper


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