For a Time of SICKNESS.
When languor and disease invade
This trembling house of clay,
‘Tis sweet to look beyond our cage
And long to fly away!
Sweet to look inward and attend
The whispers of His love;
Sweet to look upward to the place
Where Jesus pleads above.
Sweet to look back, and see my name
In life’s fair book set down;
Sweet to look forward, and behold
Eternal joys my own!
Sweet to reflect how grace Divine
My sins on Jesus laid;
Sweet to remember that His blood
My debt of suffering paid!
Sweet in His righteousness to stand,
Which saves from second death;
Sweet to experience day by day
His Spirit’s guiding breath.
Sweet in the confidence of faith
To trust His firm decrees;
Sweet to lie passive in His hands,
And know no will but His.
If such the sweetness of the stream,
What must the fountain be,
Where saints and angels draw their bliss
Immediately from Thee?