Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Light Shining Out of Darkness--- by William Cowper

William Cowper was an English poet and hymnodist.His life was scarred by misfortune and sorrow.He suffered bouts of  depression and insanity, and thrice,he attempted suicide.He was even admitted to an asylum.

Yet,consider this poem below and you cannot but marvel at his positivity and of course,his literary prowess.

Light Shining Out of Darkness

God moves in a mysterious way
    His wonders to perform;
    He plants His footsteps in the sea
    And rides upon the storm.

    Deep in unfathomable mines
    Of never failing skill
    He treasures up His bright designs
    And works His sov’reign will.

    Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
    The clouds ye so much dread
    Are big with mercy and shall break
    In blessings on your head.

    Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
    But trust Him for His grace;
    Behind a frowning providence
    He hides a smiling face.

    His purposes will ripen fast,
    Unfolding every hour;
    The bud may have a bitter taste,
    But sweet will be the flow’r.

    Blind unbelief is sure to err
    And scan His work in vain;
    God is His own interpreter,
    And He will make it plain.

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  1. Replies
    1. You said it Purba,it was his faith that kept him going.

  2. Faith and positive thinking goes a long way.

  3. Strange that such a positive and faithful mind strayed into lunacy...but then those are the ways of the Unknown!

    1. As he said-God moves in a mysterious way.
      Thanks for your input.

  4. Sometimes faith is all we have to tide over misery.

    1. No doubt faith helps one to carry on,thank you Purba.

  5. I have faith but somehow not in God.

    1. Sometimes I too dither about faith.I have faith in celestial justice and Karma,but I don't believe that God will pull me out of every trouble,I have to take steps to help myself,I believe.


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