The water stood like walls of brass,
To let the sons of Israel pass;
And from the rock did rivers burst,
At Moses’ prayer, to quench their thirst.
The fire, restrained by God’s commands,
Could only burn His children’s bands;
Too faint, when He was with them there,
To singe their garments or their hair.
At Daniel’s feet the lions lay,
Like harmless lambs, nor touched their prey;
And ravens, which on carrion fed,
Procured Elijah flesh and bread.
Thus creatures only can fulfil
Their great Creator’s righteous will;
And when His children need their aid,
His purposes must be obeyed.