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WHY SHOULD I COMPLAIN




When my Savior, my Shepherd is near,
How quickly my sorrows depart!
New beauties around me appear,
New spirits enliven my heart:


His presence gives peace to my soul,
And Satan assaults me in vain;
While my Shepherd his pow’r controls,
I think I no more shall complain.


But alas! what a change do I find,
When my Shepherd withdraws from my sight?
My fears all return to my mind,
My day is soon changed into night:


Then Satan his efforts renews
To vex and ensnare me again;
All my pleasing enjoyments I lose,
And can only lament and complain.


By these changes I often pass through,
I am taught my own weakness to know;
I am taught what my Shepherd can do,
And how much to his mercy I owe:


It is he who supports me through all,
When I faint he revives me again;
He attends to my prayer when I call,
And bids me no longer complain.


Wherefore then should I murmur and grieve?
Since my Shepherd is always the same,
And has promised he never will leave
The soul that confides in his name:


To relieve me from all that I fear,
He was buffeted, tempted, and slain;
And at length he will surely appear,
Though he leaves me awhile to complain.


While I dwell in an enemy’s land,
Can I hope to be always in peace?
’Tis enough that my Shepherd’s at hand,
And that shortly this warfare will cease;


For ere long he will bid me remove
From this region of sorrow and pain,
To abide in his presence above,
And then I no more shall complain.

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Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
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      Bible Refs: Jer 1:19; Rev 2:10;
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      Name: NIAGARA
      Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
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