Fierce Was the Storm of Wind

Fierce was the storm of wind

Author: Hyde W. Beadon
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1 Fierce was the storm of wind,
The surging waves ran high,
Failed the disciples' hearts with fear,
Though Thou, their Lord, wast nigh.

2 But at the stern rebuke
Of Thy almighty word,
The wind was hushed, the billows ceased,
And owned Thee, God the Lord.

3 So, now, when depths of sin
Our souls with terrors fill,
Arise, and be our helper, Lord,
And speak Thy, "Peace, be still."

4 When death's dark sea we cross,
Be with us in Thy power,
Now let the water-floods prevail,
In that dread trial-hour.

5 And, when amid the signs,
Which speak Thine Advent near,
The roaring of the sea and waves
Fills faithless hearts with fear;

6 May we all undismayed
The raging tempest see,
Lift up our heads and hail with joy
Thy great Epiphany.


The Hymnal: revised and enlarged as adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892

Author: Hyde W. Beadon

Beadon, Hyde Wyndham, M.A., born in 1812, and educated at Eton and at St. John's College, Cambridge, B.A., 1835, M.A., 1839. Taking Holy Orders in 1836, he became, in 1837, Vicar of Haselbury Plucknett, near Crewkerne, and, in 1838, Vicar of Latton, Wilts. He is also Hon. Canon of Bristol, and Rural Dean. His hymns were published in The Parish Hymn Book , 1863 and 1875, of which he was co-editor with the Rev. G. Phillimore, and Bp. Woodford. To that collection, in 1863, he contributed the following hymns:— 1. Fierce was the storm of wind. Epiphany. 2. Glory to thee, 0 Lord, Who by, &c. Epiphany. This is usually given as, "All praise to Thee, 0 Lord, Who by," &c, and is found in several hymnals. 3. 0 God, Thy soldiers' crown.… Go to person page >

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First Line: Fierce was the storm of wind
Title: Fierce Was the Storm of Wind
Author: Hyde W. Beadon
Language: English


Fierce [raged] was the storm of wind. H. W. Beadon. [Stilling the Sea.] Contributed to the Parish Hymn Book, in 1863, No. 24, and continued in the enlarged edition, 1875, No. 24, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines. When included in the Sarum Hymnal, 1868, No. 74, it was attributed to the late W. Beadon Heathcote in error. This was corrected in the Hymnary, 1870-2 (where the hymn is given with slight alterations as, "Fierce raged the storm of wind"), and in the Notes to Church Hymns, fol. edition, 1881. In the latter the original text is given, with the exception of the doxology. The hymn is based on the Gospel for the 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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