God moves in a mysterious way (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2020-12-06)  CPDL #61862:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-12-06).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 44 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
  • (Posted 2020-12-06)  CPDL #61861:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-12-06).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.

General Information

Title: God moves in a mysterious way
Composer: Anonymous
Tune: London New
Lyricist: William Cowper

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published: 1635
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 112
Description: From Psalms, Edinburgh, 1635

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Original text and translations

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God moves in a mysterious way
his wonders to perform;
he plants his footsteps in the sea,
and rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines
of never-failing skill
he treasures up his bright designs,
and works his sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
the clouds ye so much dread
are big with mercy, and shall break
in blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
but trust him for his grace;
behind a frowning providence
he hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,
unfolding every hour;
the bud may have a bitter taste,
but sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err,
and scan his work in vain;
God is his own interpreter,
and he will make it plain.