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William Cowper (Уильям Купер)


Contentment


(Phillipians, iv.11)

Fierce passions discompose the mind,
As tempests vex the sea,
But calm, content and peace we find,
When, Lord, we turn to Thee.

In vain by reason and by rule
We try to bend the will;
For none but in the Saviour's school
Can learn the heavenly skill.

Since at His feet my soul has sate,
His gracious words to hear,
Contented with my present state,
I cast on Him my care.

"Art thou a sinner, soul?" He said,
"Then how canst thou complain?
How light thy troubles here, if weigh'd
With everlasting pain!

"If thou of murmuring wouldst be cured,
Compare thy griefs with mine!
Think what my love for thee endured,
And thou wilt not repine.

"'Tis I appoint thy daily lot,
And I do all things well;
Thou soon shalt leave this wretched spot,
And rise with me to dwell.

"In life my grace shall strength supply,
Proportion'd to thy day;
At death thou still shalt find me nigh,
To wipe thy tears away."

Thus I, who once my wretched days
In vain repinings spent,
Taught in my Saviour's school of grace,
Have learnt to be content.



William Cowper's other poems:
  1. To The Rev. Mr. Newton
  2. The Dog and the Water Lily
  3. By Moschus
  4. Heroism
  5. Abuse of the Gospel


Poems of another poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Oliver Holmes (Оливер Холмс) Contentment ("Little I ask; my wants are few")
  • Eugene Field (Юджин Филд) Contentment ("Happy the man that, when his day is done")
  • Ella Wilcox (Элла Уилкокс) Contentment ("If any line that I ever penned")
  • Joseph Warton (Джозеф Уортон) Contentment ("Farewel, aspiring thoughts, no more")
  • Ada Cambridge (Cross) (Ада Кембридж (Кросс)) Contentment ("Is it a virtue, as the sages say")

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