Author: James Merrick, 1720-1769 Meter: 184.108.40.206 Appears in 1 hymnal First Line: ’Tis God, whose all disposing sway Lyrics: 1 ’Tis God, whose all disposing sway,
The heavens, the earth, the seas, obey;
Whose might through all extent extends,
Sinks through all depths, all height transcends.
2 From earth’s low margin to the skies
Who bids the pregnant vapors rise,
The lightning’s pallid sheet expands,
And glads with showers the furrowed lands.
3 Now from His storehouse built on high,
He gives th’imprisoned winds, to fly,
And, guided by His will, to sweep
The surface of the foaming deep.
4 By His resistless stroke assailed,
Her eldest born proud Egypt wailed;
Nor raged His sword on man alone;
Her flocks, her herds, its fury own.
5 New scenes of dread her land surprised,
When God the haughty chief chastised.
And each who lent th’assisting hand
To execute his stern command.
6 From Egypt’s desolated shore
Its course His vengeance onward bore
To distant realms by justice led;
And mightiest kings beneath it bled.
7 Thy name shall ever live, Thy name
O Lord, shall ceaseless honor claim;
Thy works, achieved in ages past,
To endless time remembered last. Used With Tune: GALILEE (HOLBORN)
'Tis God, Whose All Disposing Sway