Thy way is in the sea

Thy way is in the sea

Author: John Fawcett
Published in 19 hymnals

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

Fawcett, John, D.D., was born Jan. 6, 1739 or 1740, at Lidget Green, near Bradford, Yorks. Converted at the age of sixteen under the ministry of G. Whitefield, he at first joined the Methodists, but three years later united with the Baptist Church at Bradford. Having begun to preach he was, in 1765, ordained Baptist minister at Wainsgate, near Hebden Bridge, Yorks. In 1772 he was invited to London, to succeed the celebrated Dr. J. Gill, as pastor of Carter's Lane; the invitation had been formally accepted, the farewell sermon at Wainsgate had been preached and the wagons loaded with his goods for removal, when the love and tears of his attached people prevailed and he decided to remain. In 1777 a new chapel was built for him at Hebden Bridg… Go to person page >


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)



Instances (1 - 19 of 19)

Universalist Hymn Book #d571

Family and Social Melodies #d365

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A Collection of Hymns #275

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Hymns for Church and Home #264

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Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #534

The Book of Praise: or, Hymns for Public and Social Worship #d811

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

Hallowed Songs #d351

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #174

Hymnal and Ritual Services for the Union Gospel Church #d106

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #174

The Advent Christian Hymnal #d911

The Methodist Protestant Church Hymnal #d475

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