William Cowper

Here you will find the Poem Welcome Cross of poet William Cowper

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.