1 When God's own people stand in need,
His goodness will provide supplies:
Thus when Elijah faints for bread,
A raven to his succour flies.
2 At God's command, with speedy wings,
The hungry bird resigns its prey;
And to the rev'rend prophet brings
The needful portion day by day.
3 This method may be counted strange;
But happy was Elijah's lot:
For nature's course shall sooner change,
Than God's dear children be forgot.
4 This wonder oft has been renew'd,
And saints by sweet experience find
Their evils overrul'd for good,
Their foes to friendly deeds inclin'd.
5 Who can distrust that mighty hand,
Which rules with universal sway;
Which nature's laws can countermand,
Or feed us by a bird of prey!
Source: Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #83
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