William Cowper Poetry


Light Shining Out of Darkness

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1 God moves in a mysterious way,
2 His wonder to perform;
3 He plants His footsteps in the sea,
4 and rides upon the storm.

2
5 Deep in unfathomable mines
6 of never-failing skill,
7 He treaures up His bright designs,
8 and works His sov’reign will.

3
9 Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,
10 the clouds ye so much dread
11 are big with mercy, and shall break
12 in blessings on your head.

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13 Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
14 but trust Him for His grace;
15 Behind a frowning providence
16 He hides a smiling face.

5
17 His purposes will ripen fast,
18 Unfolding ev’ry hour;
19 The bud may have a bitter taste,
20 But sweet will be the flow’r.

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21 Blind unbelief is sure to err,
22 And scan His work in vain;
23 God is His own interpreter,
24 and He will make it plain.

William Cowper (1731-1800)

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