Sometimes a Light Surprises

A hymn by William Cowper



I’m currently on holiday with a couple friends and will therefore be taking a short break from writing. However, for now I thought I would share the lyrics of a hymn that I came across for the first time this week. I hope you find it as beautiful and encouraging as I did.


Sometimes a light surprises

The Christian while he sings;

It is the Lord who rises

With healing in His wings;

When comforts are declining,

He grants the soul again

A season of clear shining,

To cheer it after rain.


In holy contemplation

We sweetly then pursue

The theme of God’s salvation,

And find it ever new;

Set free from present sorrow,

We cheerfully can say—

E’en let the unknown morrow

Bring with it what it may.


It can bring with it nothing,

But He will bear us through;

Who gives the lilies clothing,

Will clothe His people too:

Beneath the spreading heavens

No creature but is fed;

And He, who feeds the ravens,

Will give His children bread.


Though vine nor fig tree neither

Their wonted fruit shall bear;

Though all the fields should wither

Nor flocks nor herds be there;

Yet God the same abiding,

His praise shall tune my voice,

For, while in Him confiding,

I cannot but rejoice.

- William Cowper