Scripture Verse

The water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs. And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept. Genesis 21:15–16


William Cowper (1731–1800)

Words: Will­iam Cow­per, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 3, num­ber 57. For the poor.

Music: Far and Near (Spa­zier) Jo­hann K. Spa­zier (1761–1805) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Spa­zier (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


When Ha­gar found the bot­tle spent,
And wept o’er Ish­ma­el;
A mes­sage from the Lord was sent
To guide her to a well.

Should not Eli­jah’s cake and cruse
Convince us at this day,
A gra­cious God will not re­fuse
Provisions by the way?

His saints and ser­vants shall be fed,
The promise is se­cure;
Bread shall be giv­en them, He has said,
Their wa­ter shall be sure.

Repasts far rich­er they shall prove
Than all earth’s dain­ties are;
’Tis sweet to taste a Sav­ior’s love,
Though in the mean­est fare.

To Je­sus then your trou­ble bring,
Nor mur­mur at your lot;
While you art poor, and He is king,
You shall not be for­got.

Hagar and Ishmael in the Wilderness
Karel Dujardin (1622–1678)