When clouds arise and hide from view
The golden sun and heavenly blue,
Above the gloom the sunlight streams.
In wondrous ray, in radiant hue,
There beauty sheds her lovely beams,
And cheerfulness unmeasured teems;
There gladness doth its work pursue,
And grandeur as the morning gleams.
Ah! Soon the clouds shall pass away,
And brightness from the realm of day
Light up the gloom and gild the scene.
Departing clouds in glad display
Strew sparkling gems upon the green;
They leave a rainbow bright, serene;
The sky glows lovely o’er the way,
And soon no cloud shall intervene.
So thus in life; when clouds appear,
When trials come with test severe,
By faith we may behold the prize,
And bring its beaming glories near.
The clouds soon break; before our eyes
The stately hills of Canaan rise
In sacred calm, in heavenly clear
And everlasting sunlit skies.