1 The Spirit moved upon the waves
That darkly rolled, a shoreless sea;
He spake the word, and light burst forth
A glorious, bright immensity.
2 At his command, the mountains heaved
Their rocky pinnacles on high,
Island and continent displayed
Their desert grandeur to the sky.
3 The voice of God was heard again,
And lovely flowers and graceful trees
Appeared on every vale and plain,
And perfumes floated on the breeze.
4 The word went forth, and vast and high
The heavenly orbs gave out their light,
O'er all the earth and sea and sky--
The rulers of the day and night.
Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #28