159. Sometimes a Light Surprises

1 Sometimes a light surprises
the Christian while he sings;
it is the Lord, who rises
eith healing in his wings;
when comforts are declining,
he grants the soul again
a season of clear shining
to cheer it after rain.

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,
e'en let the unknown morrow
bring with it what it may.

3 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 heavens
no creature but is fed;
Aad he who feeds the ravens
will give his children bread.

4 Though vine nor fig tree neither
their wonted fruit should 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.

Text Information
First Line: Sometimes a light surprises
Title: Sometimes a Light Surprises
Author: William Cowper (1779)
Publication Date: 1985
Meter: D
Scripture: Matthew 6:28; Matthew 6:34; Habakkuk 3:17; 2 Samuel 23:4
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Michael Haydn
Meter: D
Key: D Major
Source: offertory in a mass (melody adapted from)

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