William Cowper

(26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800 / Hertfordshire)

God Moves In A Mysterious Way

Poem by William Cowper

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.


Comments about God Moves In A Mysterious Way by William Cowper

  • Cynthia Buhain-baelloCynthia Buhain-baello (12/28/2019 7:33:00 PM)

    Beautiful and full of truth, as relevant as ever.(Report)Reply

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  • Joel F, Nitz (6/21/2019 9:23:00 AM)

    I have often heard the well-known opening lines of this hymn attributed to the author of the Book of Psalms. I am pleased to see it printed in its entirety on this site and credited to the rightful author. Thank you.(Report)Reply

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  • Jacob (2/25/2019 1:57:00 PM)

    Very well done I believe in God and I love this(Report)Reply

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  • Bella (9/7/2018 8:38:00 PM)

    is this from the Bible(Report)Reply

    Sharon(3/20/2019 5:54:00 AM)

    The author never quotes the bible here. He uses truths about God which can be biblically supported with the bible. However, the descriptions are his.

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  • Wykeshia Mccallister (7/2/2018 7:22:00 PM)

    Well done! ! Wonderful poem indeed! ! !(Report)Reply

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  • Donald Moore (3/9/2018 12:07:00 PM)

    This is a beautiful poem Please read the story about William Cowper(Report)Reply

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  • Walterrean Salley (11/16/2016 7:03:00 PM)

    (God Moves In A Mysterious Way - Poem by William Cowper.) A great piece of poetry in contents as well as its composition.(Report)Reply

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  • Akachukwu LekwauwaAkachukwu Lekwauwa (3/12/2016 4:01:00 AM)

    I learnt a lot from Cowper, this and A Comparison are my favorite(Report)Reply

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  • Harsh Thakkar (11/26/2009 5:10:00 AM)

    Truly very inspirational... Each verse is so deep!

    I am also grateful & indebted to Sir William Cowper for this poem (since my blog - http: //uniqideas.wordpress.com/2007/05/01/god-moves-in-a-mysterious-way - that revolves around it got published in the 'Chicken Soup for the Indian Soul')

    Thanks :)(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003