Christ My Song - 335
O how I love thy holy word - Afflictions sanctified by the word
(William Cowper/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Afflictions sanctified by the word.
2. What are the mines of shining wealth,
the strength of youth, the bloom of health!
What are all joys compared with those
thine everlasting word bestows!
3. Long unafflicted, undismayed,
in pleasure's path secure I stayed;
thou madest me feel thy chastening rod,
and straight I turned unto my God.
4. What though it pierced my fainting heart,
I bless thine hand that caused the smart;
it taught my tears awhile to flow,
but saved me from eternal woe.
5. Oh! hadst thou left me unchastised,
thy precept I had still despised;
and still the snare in secret laid,
had my unwary feet betrayed.
6. I love thee, therefore, O my God,
and breathe towards thy dear abode;
where, in thy presence fully blessed,
thy chosen saints for ever rest.
(3,3: Psalm 119,71)
William Cowper, Complete Poetical Works, ca. 1853, 253-254.