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As, down in the sunless retreats of the ocean

As, down in the sunless retreats of the ocean

Author: Thomas Moore
Published in 34 hymnals

Representative Text

As, down in the sunless retreats of the ocean,
Sweet flowers are springing no mortal can see,
So, deep in my soul, the still prayer of devotion,
Unheard by the world, rises, silent, to Thee,
My God! silent, to Thee,—
Pure, warm, silent, to Thee.

As still to the star of its worship, though clouded,
The needle points faithfully o’er the dim sea,
So, dark when I roam, in this wintry world shrouded,
The hope of my spirit turns, trembling, to Thee,
My God! trembling, to Thee,—
True, sure, trembling, to Thee.

Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #96

Author: Thomas Moore

Moore, Thomas, son of John Moore, a small tradesman at Dublin, was born in that city, May 28, 1779, educated at a private school and Trinity College, Dublin; read at the Middle Temple for the Bar; held a post under the Government in Bermuda for a short time, and died Feb. 26, 1852. His Memoirs, Journal, and Correspondence were published by Lord John Russell in 1855. In that work every detail concerning himself and his numerous publications, most of them of high poetical merit, will be found. His connection with hymnody is confined to his Sacred Songs, which were published in 1816, and again in his Collected Works, 1866. These Songs were 32 in all, and were written to popular airs of various nations. Of these Songs the following have passed… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: As, down in the sunless retreats of the ocean
Author: Thomas Moore
Refrain First Line: Silent to thee, my God



Instances (1 - 34 of 34)
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Good News #74

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Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #608

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Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #608

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Hymns of the Spirit #442

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Prayer and Praise #399

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Sunday-School Songs #83

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The Christian Hymn Book #1032

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The Christian Hymnal #404

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The Heart and Voice #425c

Asaph #d19

Die Union Choral Harmonie #d10

Gospel Light, or Hymns and Tunes for all Occasions of Christian Work and Worship #d21

Musical Gems. 7th ed. #d11

Praise in Song #d13

Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d32

Select Songs for the Singing Service in the Prayer Meeting and Sunday School #d10

Select Songs for the Sunday School #d10

Sunday School Songs. 3rd ed. #d6

The American Tune Book (Carmina Sacra, enlarged) #d18

The Centennial Hymnal #d21

The Christian Hymnal #d38

The Plymouth Hymnal #d29

The Sanctus #d10

The Tabernacle #d16


A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #96

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #96

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #656

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #656

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The Gospel Psalmist #483

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Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #736

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Hymns of the Ages (3rd series) #240

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Songs of the Soul #376

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Hymns for All Christians #L5

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The Standard Church Hymnal #110

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