Every good gift and every perfect gift…cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17
Words: William Cowper, Olney Hymns (London: W. Oliver, 1779), Book 3, number 23.
Peace after a storm.
Music: Rivaulx John B. Dykes, 1866 (🔊 pdf nwc).
When darkness long has veiled my mind,
And smiling day once more appears;
Then, my Redeemer, then I find
The folly of my doubts and fears.
Strait I upbraid my wandering heart,
And blush that I should ever be
Thus prone to act so base a part,
Or harbor one hard thought of Thee!
Oh! let me then at length be taught
What 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 Thee
Subdues the disobedient will;
Drives doubt and discontent away,
And Thy rebellious worm is still.
Thou art as ready to forgive,
As I am ready to repine;
Thou, therefore all the praise receive,
Be shame and self-abhorrence mine.