When Hagar found the bottle spent,
And wept o’er Ishmael,
A message from the Lord was sent
To guide her to a well.
Should not Elijah’s cake and cruse
Convince us at this day,
A gracious God will not refuse
Provisions by the way?
His saints and servants shall be fed,
The promise is secure;
“Bread shall be given them,” He has said,
“Their water shall be sure.”
Repasts far richer they shall prove
Than all earth’s dainties are;
’Tis sweet to taste a Savior’s love,
Though in the meanest fare.
To Jesus then your trouble bring,
Nor murmur at your lot;
While you art poor, and He is King,
You shall not be forgot.
-William Cowper, Olney Hymns (London: W. Oliver, 1779), number 57.