Fierce Raged Over the Tempest Deep

Fierce raged the tempest over the deep

Author: Godfrey Thring (1861)
Published in 129 hymnals

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1 Fierce raged the tempest, o’er the deep,
anxious disciples watch did keep;
but you were wrapped in guileless sleep,
calm and still.

2 “Save, us, we perish!” was their cry.
“Save us or we will surely die!”
Your word above the storm rose high:
“Peace! be still.”

3 The wild winds hushed; the angry deep
fell, like a little child, to sleep;
the sullen billows ceased to leap,
at your will.

4 So, when our life is clouded o’er,
and storm-winds drift us from the shore,
say, lest we sink to rise no more,
“Peace! be still.”

Source: Voices Together #286

Author: Godfrey Thring

Godfrey Thring (b. Alford, Somersetshire, England, 1823; d. Shamley Green, Guilford, Surrey, England, 1903) was born in the parsonage of Alford, where his father was rector. Educated at Balliol College, Oxford, England, he was ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1847. After serving in several other parishes, Thring re­turned to Alford and Hornblotten in 1858 to succeed his father as rector, a position he retained until his own retirement in 1893. He was also associated with Wells Cathedral (1867-1893). After 1861 Thring wrote many hymns and published several hymnals, including Hymns Congregational (1866), Hymns and Sacred Lyrics (1874), and the respect­ed A Church of England Hymn Book Adapted to the Daily Services of the Church… Go to person page >

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First Line: Fierce raged the tempest over the deep
Title: Fierce Raged Over the Tempest Deep
Author: Godfrey Thring (1861)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Fierce raged the tempest o'er the deep. G. Thring. [Stilling the Sea.] Written in 1861, and first published in Chope's Hymnal, 1862, No. 187, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines. It was repeated in the author's Hymns Congregational and others, 1866, No. 6; in his Hymns & Lyrics, 1874, p. 94, and in his Collection, 1882. It has passed into numerous collections in Great Britain and America, and ranks as one of the most popular of Prebendary Thring's hymns. It has been specially set to music by Dr. Dykes, in Chope's Hymnal, and by others.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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Church Family Worship #362

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #225

Hymns and Psalms #144


New English Praise #635


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