1 Have you sat beside the ocean
When its waves were hushed and still,
Gazing o'er its calm, blue waters?
Have you felt an inward thrill
Of that love which passeth knowledge,
In its boundlessness so free?
Great enough to reach all nations,
Yet so nigh to you and me!
Oh, what rapture! oh, what grandeur,
In the thought of God's great love!
Deeper than the deepest ocean,
Higher than the heavens above;
In its length and breadth unmeasured,
For love's ocean has no shore;
Enough for each, enough for all,
2 O this love of God, so mighty,
We can never grasp it all;
Yet each soul can fill his vessel,
Tho' the limit may be small.
Ev'ry day and ev'ry moment
We may plunge within this tide,
Keeping where its living waters
Can for aye in us abide. [Chorus]
3 Blessed ocean of love's fulness,
Where there's always a great calm!
With its perfect peace it stills us,
E'en when tempests would alarm.
On this faithful bosom resting
Joy unspoken we may know;
For there is no fear, no sorrow,
In love's peaceful, cleansing flow. [Chorus]
F. G. Burroughs was born in 1856 (nee Ophelia G. Browning) was the daughter of William Garretson Browning, a Methodist Episcopal minister, and Susan Rebecca Webb Browning. She married Thomas E. Burroughs in 1884. He died in 1904. She married Arthur Prince Adams, in 1905. He was a minister. Her poem, "Unanswered yet" which was written in 1879, was published in the The Christian Standard in 1880 with the name F. G. Browning. She also wrote under the name of Ophelia G. Adams and Mrs. T. E. Burroughs.
Dianne Shapiro from The Literary Digest, July 29, 1899., The Register, Pine Plains, NY, October 24, 1884, Alumni Record of Wesleyan University, Middleton, Conn. 1921 Go to person page >