1 Great God of providence! thy ways
Are hid from mortal sight;
Wrapped in impenetrable shades,
Or clothed with dazzling light.
2 The wondrous methods of thy grace,
Evade the human eye;
The nearer we attempt t' approach,
The farther off they fly.
3 But in the world of bliss above,
Where thou dost ever reign,
These mysteries shall be all unveiled,
And not a doubt remain.
4 The sun of righteousness shall there
His brightest beams display,
And not a hovering cloud obscure
That never-ending day.
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799