Author of the Lyrics
The author of the rousing
words of the "God is Good" lyrics, John Hampden Gurney (August 15, 1802-March 8, 1862),
was born in Fleet Street, London, England and
achieved fame as a a member of the nobility and a successful hymn writer. Gurney supported many different religious societies and became Prebendary of St. Paul's Cathedral ( a prebendary is the canon of a cathedral).
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "God is Good", Thomas Williams (1724-19 June 1770),
was born in Hampshire, England and
became famous as a Congregational minister, musician and composer.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: God is Good
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): John Hampden Gurney (August 15, 1802
to March 8, 1862)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Thomas Williams (1724 to
19 June 1770)
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Yes, God is good; in earth and sky, From ocean depths and spreading wood"
First Publication Date:
God is Good Lyrics
Yes, God is good; in earth and sky,
From ocean depths and spreading wood,
Ten thousand voices seem to cry,
"God made us all, and God is good."
The sun that keeps his trackless way
And downward pours his golden flood,
Night's sparkling hosts, all seem to say,
In accents clear, that God is good.
The merry birds prolong the strain,
Their song with every spring renewed;
And balmy air, and falling rain,
Each softly whispers, "God is good."
I hear it in the rushing breeze;
The hills that have for ages stood,
The echoing sky and roaring seas,
All swell the chorus, God is good.
Yes, God is good, all nature says,
By God's own hand with speech endued;
And man, in louder notes of praise,
Should sing for joy that God is good.
For all Thy gifts we bless Thee, Lord,
But chiefly for our heavenly food;
Thy pardoning grace, Thy quickening word,
These prompt our song, that God is good.