Author of the Lyrics
The author of the edifying
words of the "God of the Seas" lyrics, Isaac Watts (July 17, 1674-November 25, 1748),
was born in Southampton, England and
achieved fame as a pastor and Hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "God of the Seas", Robert Guy McCutchan (September 13, 1877-May 15, 1958),
was born in Mount Ayr, Iowa, United States and
became famous as a musician, composer, teacher and dean of music at DePauw University in Indiana.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: God of the Seas
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Isaac Watts (July 17, 1674
to November 25, 1748)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Robert Guy McCutchan (September 13, 1877 to
May 15, 1958)
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "God of the seas! Thy thundering voice Makes all the roaring waves rejoice"
First Publication Date:
God of the Seas Lyrics
God of the seas! Thy thundering voice
Makes all the roaring waves rejoice,
And one soft word of Thy command
Can sink them silent in the sand.
If but a Moses wave Thy rod,
The sea divides and owns its God;
The stormy floods their Maker knew,
And let His chosen armies through.
The scaly flocks amidst the sea,
To Thee, their Lord, a tribute pay;
The meanest fish that swims the flood
Leaps up, and means a praise to God.
The larger monsters of the deep
On Thy commands attendance keep;
By Thy permission sport and play,
And cleave along their foaming way.
If God His voice of tempest rears,
Leviathan lies still and fears;
Anon he lifts his nostrils high,
And spouts the ocean to the sky.
How is Thy glorious power adored
Amidst these watery nations, Lord!
Yet the bold men that trace the seas,
Bold men, refuse their Maker's praise!
What scenes of miracles they see,
And never tune a song to Thee!
While on the flood they safely ride,
They curse the hand that smoothes the tide!
Anon they plunge in watery graves,
And some drink death among the waves;
Yet the surviving crew blaspheme,
Nor own the God that rescued them.
O for some signal of Thine hand!
Shake all the seas, Lord, shake the land;
Great Judge! descend, lest men deny
That there's a God that rules the sky.