Author of the Lyrics
The author of the sincere
words of the "God Moves in a Mysterious Way" lyrics, William Cowper (November 26, 1731-April 25, 1800),
was born in Berkhamsted, England and
achieved fame as a noted English poet and hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "God Moves in a Mysterious Way", William Gardiner (March 15, 1770-November 16, 1853),
was born in Leicester, England and
became famous as a musician and composer.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: God Moves in a Mysterious Way
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): William Cowper (November 26, 1731
to April 25, 1800)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: William Gardiner (March 15, 1770 to
November 16, 1853)
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform"
First Publication Date:
God Moves in a Mysterious Way Lyrics
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.