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William Cowper: Welcome Cross

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I was doing some research for a unit I want to teach in my 11th grade Bible class on hymns, and I dipped into John Piper’s book The Hidden Smile of God and came across this gem by William Cowper called Welcome Cross.

‘Tis my happiness below
Not to live without the cross,
But the Saviour’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.

-D

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Written by Michael Duenes

April 24, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Posted in Duenes, Poetry

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