Christ My Song - 298
When darkness long has veiled my mind - Peace after a Storm (William Cowper/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Peace after a Storm.
2. Straight I upbraid my wandering heart,
and blush that I should ever be
thus prone to act so base a part,
or harbour one hard thought of thee!
3. Oh! let me then at length be taught,
what I am still so slow to learn,
that God is love, and changes not,
nor knows the shadow of a turn.
4. Sweet truth, and easy to repeat!
But, when my faith is sharply tried,
I find myself a learner yet,
unskilful, weak, and apt to slide.
5. But, O my Lord, one look from thee
subdues the disobedient will;
drives doubt and discontent away,
and thy rebellious worm is still.
6. Thou art as ready to forgive
as I am ready to repine;
thou, therefore, all the praise receive;
be shame and self-abhorrence mine.
William Cowper, The Complete Poetical Works of William Cowper, 1853(?), 255-256; and in: John Newton, Olney Hymns III, no. 23, 1816, 261-262.