11913. 'Tis My Happiness Below

1 ’Tis my happiness below
Not to live without the cross,
But the Savior’s power to know,
Sanctifying every loss;
Trials must and will befall,
But with humble faith to see
Love inscribed upon them all,
This is happiness to me.

2 God, in Israel, sows the seeds,
Of affliction, pain and toil;
These spring up, and choke the weeds
Which would else o’erspread the soil;
Trials make the promise sweet,
Trials give new life to prayer;
Trials bring me to His feet,
Lay me low, and keep me there.

3 Did I meet no trials here,
No chastisement by the way,
Might I not, with reason, fear
I should prove a castaway?
Bastards may escape the rod,
Sunk in earthly, vain delight;
But the true born child of God,
Must not, would not, if he might.

Text Information
First Line: ’Tis my happiness below
Title: 'Tis My Happiness Below
Author: William Cowper
Meter: 77.77 D
Language: English
Source: Olney Hymns (London, W. Oliver, 1779), Book 3
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Arranger: Benjamin Carr (1824)
Meter: 77.77 D
Key: A Major
Source: Spanish tune
Copyright: Public Domain

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