Scripture Verse

The trying of your faith worketh patience. James 1:3

Introduction

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William Cowper
1731–1800

Words: Will­iam Cow­per, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 3, num­ber 16. Wel­come cross.

Music: Ma­drid (Carr) tra­di­tion­al Span­ish tune. Ar­ranged by Ben­ja­min Carr, 1824 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Benjamin Carr
1768–1831

Lyrics

’Tis my hap­pi­ness be­low
Not to live with­out the cross,
But the Sav­ior’s pow­er to know,
Sanctifying ev­ery loss;
Trials must and will be­fall,
But with hum­ble faith to see
Love in­scribed up­on them all,
This is hap­pi­ness to me.

God, in Is­ra­el, sows the seeds,
Of af­flict­ion, pain and toil;
These spring up, and choke the weeds
Which would else o’er­spread the soil;
Trials make the pro­mise sweet,
Trials give new life to pray­er;
Trials bring me to His feet,
Lay me low, and keep me there.

Did I meet no tri­als here,
No chas­tise­ment by the way,
Might I not, with rea­son, fear
I should prove a cast­away?
Bastards may es­cape the rod,
Sunk in earth­ly, vain de­light;
But the true born child of God,
Must not, would not, if he might.