Health, sickness, and recovery.
Firm was my health, my day was bright,
And I presumed ‘twould ne’er be night;
Fondly I said within my heart,
“Pleasure and peace shall ne’er depart.”
But I forgot thine arm was strong
Which made my mountain stand so long:
Soon as thy face began to hide,
My health was gone, my comforts died.
I cried aloud to thee, my God,
“What canst thou profit by my blood?
Deep in the dust can I declare
Thy truth, or sing thy goodness there?
“Hear me, O God of grace,” I said,
“And bring me from among the dead:”
Thy word rebuked the pains I felt,
Thy pard’ning love removed my guilt.
My groans, and tears, and forms of woe
Are turned to joy and praises now;
I throw my sackcloth on the ground,
And ease and gladness gird me round
My tongue, the glory of my frame,
Shall ne’er be silent of thy name;
Thy praise shall sound through earth and heav’n
For sickness healed and sins forgiv’n.