Light Shining out of Darkness
John Newton [and William Cowper], Olney Hymns, in Three Books, 5th edn. (London: J. Buckland and J. Johnson, 1788). Book III, no. 15, p. 255. BV 370 N48 1788 Victoria College Library.
##1God moves in a mysterious way,
2 His wonders to perform;
3He plants his footsteps in the sea,
4 And rides upon the storm.
##5Deep in unfathomable mines
6 Of never-failing skill,
7He treasures up his bright designs,
8 And works his sov'reign will.
##9Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,
10 The clouds ye so much dread
11Are big with mercy, and shall break
12 In blessings on your head.
##13Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
14 But trust him for his grace;
15Behind a frowning providence
16 He hides a smiling face.
##17His purposes will ripen fast,
18 Unfolding ev'ry hour;
19The bud may have a bitter taste,
##21Blind unbelief is sure to err,
22 And scan his work in vain;
24 And he will make it plain.
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First appeared in print in two unrelated publications in 1774, the earlier being "Omicron" [i.e., John Newton], Twenty Six Letters on Religious Subjects. Newton later collected this with other hymns by Cowper in Olney Hymns, 1779.
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