Latinised Hymns

God moves in a mysterious way

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.

W. Cowper

Arcanum ad modum Deus
miranda perficit:
imponit aequori gradus
et in procellis it.

Speluncis profundissimis
se meditando dat
et claris e consiliis
quod vult id ordinat.

Sancti, tollatis animos:
terrent-ne pluviae?
eaedem molli super vos
cadent aspergine.

Homo Deum-ne iudicet?
Sit gratiae fides:
sub fronte contracta latet
benigna facies.

Cotidie divina fit
seges maturior,
licetque amara gemma sit,
in flore qui sapor!

Opus scrutantes et parum
fidentes, fallimur:
suum Deus consilium

MM 22.4–6.5.98