Christ My Song - 301
Fierce passions discompose the mind - Contentment
(William Cowper/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
2. In vain by reason and by rule
we try to bend the will;
for none but in the Saviour's school
can learn the heavenly skill.
3. Since at his feet my soul has sat,
his gracious words to hear,
contented with my present state,
I cast on him my care.
4. "Art thou a sinner, soul?" he said,
"Then how canst thou complain?
How light thy troubles here, if weighed
with everlasting pain!
5. If thou of murmuring wouldst be cured,
compare thy griefs with mine;
think what my love for thee endured,
and thou wilt not repine.
6. 'Tis I appoint thy daily lot,
and I do all things well;
thou soon shalt leave this wretched spot,
and rise with me to dwell.
7. In life my grace shall strength supply,
proportioned to thy day;
at death thou still shalt find me nigh,
to wipe thy tears away."
8. Thus I, who once my wretched days
in vain repinings spent,
taught in my Saviour's school of grace,
have learnt to be content.
William Cowper, Complete Poetical Works, ca. 1853, 244.