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Wednesday, April 24, 2013


By William Cowper

To keep the lamp alive, 
With oil we fill the bowl; 
'Tis water makes the willow thrive, 
And grace that feeds the soul. 

The Lord's unsparing hand 
Supplies the living stream; 
It is not at our own command, 
But still derived from Him. 

Beware of Peter's word, 
Nor confidently say, 
"I never will deny Thee, Lord," -- 
But, -- "Grant I never may." 

Man's wisdom is to seek 
His strength in God alone; 
And e'en an angel would be weak, 
Who trusted in his own. 

Retreat beneath his wings, 
And in His grace confide! 
This more exalts the King of kings 
Than all your works beside. 

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