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God's bitter sweet

The trials of life oft shadow the soul

Author: Lida Shivers Leech
Tune: [The trials of life oft shadow the soul]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

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1 The trials of life oft shadow the soul,
And weary my way seems to be;
I look thro’ the storm which breaks o’er my head,
God’s rainbow of promise to see.
Then let me in faith look up in Thy face,
And cling to Thy kind, loving hand;
Thy love will o’ershade and bless to my good,
The things I may not understand.

If Thou wilt hold my hand,
Life’s bitter shall be sweet;
My faith will richer, fuller grow,
While learning at Thy feet.

2 The diamond in beauty never would glow,
If it were not polished with care;
So Jesus will purge my heart from all sin,
That I in His sight may be fair.
So trusting His mercy, kindness and grace,
Each trial a blessing will prove;
Life’s bitter things all grow sweet as I learn,
A kind Father’s infinite love. [Refrain]

3 The storm may reveal the gold which is hid,
In lives which all selfish would be;
If it were not for the trials that come,
Which make me lean harder on Thee;
Then take Thou my will, and make it, dear Lord,
Submissive to Thine ev’ry day;
Control Thou my life, and I will rejoice,
While walking with Thee all the way. [Refrain]

Source: New Songs of Praise and Power 1-2-3 Combined #208

Author: Lida Shivers Leech

Born: Ju­ly 12, 1873, May­ville, New Jer­sey. Died: March 4, 1962, Long Beach, Cal­i­for­nia. Leech spent her child­hood in Cape May Court House, New Jer­sey, and at­tend­ed Co­lum­bia Un­i­ver­si­ty and Tem­ple Un­i­ver­si­ty. She played the or­gan at Be­tha­ny Meth­od­ist Church in Cam­den, New Jer­sey, served as ac­com­pa­nist at evan­gel­i­cal serv­ic­es, and wrote some 500 hymn tunes in her life­time. Sources-- Emurian, pp. 112-3 Reynolds, p. 336 Lyrics-- God’s Way Is Best I Have Re­deemed Thee I’ll Go Any­where No Fault in Him Some Day He’ll Make It Plain Thine for Ser­vice Trust Me, Try Me, Prove Me © 1928 When the Veil is Lift… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The trials of life oft shadow the soul
Title: God's bitter sweet
Author: Lida Shivers Leech
Refrain First Line: If thou wilt hold my hand