When Hagar Found the Bottle Spent

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.

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