Thy way is in the sea

Representative Text

1 Thy way is in the sea;
Thy paths we can not trace;
Nor solve, O Lord, the mystery
Of thy unbounded grace.

2 Here the dark veils of sense
Our captive souls surround;
Mysterious deeps of providence
Our wandering thoughts confound.

3 As through a glass we see
The wonders of thy love;
How little do we know of thee,
Or of the joys above!



Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #135

Author: John Fawcett

An orphan at the age of twelve, John Fawcett (b. Lidget Green, Yorkshire, England, 1740; d. Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, 1817) became apprenticed to a tailor and was largely self-educated. He was converted by the preaching of George Whitefield at the age of sixteen and began preaching soon thereafter. In 1765 Fawcett was called to a small, poor, Baptist country church in Wainsgate, Yorkshire. Seven years later he received a call from the large and influential Carter's Lane Church in London, England. Fawcett accepted the call and preached his farewell sermon. The day of departure came, and his family's belongings were loaded on carts, but the distraught congregation begged him to stay. In Singers and Songs of the Church (1869), Josiah Miller te… Go to person page >

Notes

Thy way is in the sea. An altered form of "Thy way, O God, is in the sea," p. 373, ii., in the American Methodist Episcopal Hymns, 1849; and their Hymnal, 1878. Nutter says the alterations were made by Dr. James Floy, one of the editors of the 1849 Hymns.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)

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