1 Do not be discouraged when the dark clouds come,
When the passing days are full of toil and pain;
Only stop and think that He who gives the sun,
Makes the clouds and also sends the rain.
Take the bitter with the sweet, the care and sorrow with the joy,
Ever gold in all its brightness has alloy;
So remember when your heart is full of grief and pain,
That tho’ He sends the sunshine, He also sends the rain.
2 When beneath some heavy load your heart is sad,
When it seems you cannot ever smile again,
God who let the sorrow come will make you glad,
He’s the One who gives the sun and rain. [Refrain]
3 He who sees the sparrow fall is watching you,
Do not be discouraged, murmur nor complain,
Trust Him thro’ the trials, to your task be true,
He who sends the sunshine sends the rain. [Refrain]
Herbert Buffum was born in La Fayette, Illinois 13 November 1879. He became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He started preaching at seventeen years of age. He did city mission work up and down the Pacific Coast and later in small towns in Kansas. He began publishing hymns at the age of eighteen.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >
Display Title: Take the Bitter With the SweetFirst Line: Do not be discouraged when the dark clouds comeTune Title: [Do not be discouraged when the dark clouds come]Author: Herbert BuffumDate: 1921Subject: Christ | Friend and Helper; Trust and Belief |
Display Title: The bitter with the sweetFirst Line: Do not be discouraged when the dark clouds comeTune Title: [Do not be discouraged when the dark clouds come]Author: Herbert BuffumDate: 1917Subject: Solos | ; Sorrow | ; Trusting |