John Newton

Here you will find the Poem Joy and Peace in Believing of poet John Newton

Joy and Peace in Believing

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 th' unknown to-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 field 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.