Selections from the American poets
William Cullen Bryant

THE WATERS OF MARAH.

"And Moses cried unto the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree, which, when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet."
BY Marah's stream of bitterness,
When Moses stood and cried,
JEHOVAH heard his fervent pray'r,
And instant help supplied:
The Prophet sought the precious tree
With prompt, obedient feet;
'Twas cast into the fount, and made
The bitter waters sweet.
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Whene'er affliction o'er thee sheds
Its influence malign,
Then, suff'rer, be the Prophet's pray'r,
And prompt obedience, thine:
'Tis but a Marah's fount, ordain'd
Thy faith in God to prove,
And pray'r and resignation shall,
Its bitterness remove