Lord of the wide extended main

Lord of the wide extended main

Author: Charles Wesley
Tune: STONEFIELD
Published in 46 hymnals

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Lord of the wide-extended main!
Whose power the winds and seas controls,
Whose hand doth earth and heaven sustain,
Whose Spirit leads believing souls;

Throughout the deep Thy footsteps shine;
We own Thy way is in the sea,
O’erawed by majesty divine,
And lost in Thine immensity!

Thy wisdom here we learn to adore,
Thine everlasting truth we prove,
The wondrous heights of boundless power,
The unfathomable depths of love.

Infinite God, Thy greatness spanned
These heavens, and meted out the skies;
Lo! in the hollow of Thy hand
The measured waters sink and rise.

And here Thine unknown paths we trace,
Which dark to human eyes appear:
While through the mighty waves we pass
Faith only sees that God is here.



Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #572

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord of the wide extended main
Author: Charles Wesley

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Lord of the wide extended [extensive] main. C. Wesley. [For use at Sea.] First published in the Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1740, p. 31, in 10 stanza of 4 lines, and headed "A Hymn to be Sung at Sea" (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. i. p. 229). In the 1830 Supplement to the Wesleyan Hymn Book it was given in two parts as:—
1. Lord of the wide, extensive main. No. 761.
2. Infinite God, Thy greatness spanned. No. 762.
Both these parts have come into use in Great Britain and America as separate hymns.
Mr. G. J. Stevenson, in his Methodist Hymn Book Notes, 1883, p. 591, says of this hymn:—

"It was probably written in 1735, previously to the poet and his brother John sailing to America with General Oglethorpe and the Moravians. This seems to be plainly indicated by the language of the second verse:—
"For Thee we leave our native shore,
In other climes Thy works explore."

This view, however, is not that of Dr. Osborn, the editor of the WesleyPoetical Works, 1868-72. In vol. i. pp. 228-231, there are given the following hymns:—
"Servant of God, the summons hear."; "Lord of the wide-extended main"; and "Glory to Thee, Whose powerful word;" and to the first of these ("Servant of God," &c.) Dr. Osborn adds the following note:—

"The animating strains of this hymn and the two next are by no means in accordance with Charles Wesley's spiritual condition and mood of mind in December, 1737, when Mr. Whitefield first left England for America. They were more probably composed in preparation for his second voyage, which began in August, 1739. Nor can we imagine anything more suitable for the occasion; while in the hymns "To be Sung at Sea" ["Lord of the wide-extended main"] and "In a Storm" ["Glory to Thee, Whose powerful word"] the Christian and the poet appear to equal advantage. It may be doubted if the full assurance of faith was ever more finely expressed, or at the same time more rationally vindicated, than in the second and the third of the three hymns which follow one another here."

This suggestion by Dr. Osborn that the date is 1739 is made almost certain with regard to “Servant of God," &c, and presumably of the other two, by the fact that "Servant of God," &c, is found in Divine Hymns for the Use of the Societies, by Richard Wyan, 1739. This tract contains three hymns, two by Wyan (one addressed to Whitefield) and "Servant of God, the summons hear,” by C. Wesley. The Wesleys, by printing the three hymns, “Servant of God," &c," Lord of the wide," &c, and "Glory to Thee, &c," as consecutive hymns in the Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1740, seem to fix the date of these hymns as 1739, when Whitefield went on his second voyage to America.
The hymn "Servant of God, the summons hear," is rarely used, whilst "Glory to Thee, Whose powerful word," is given "in several collections in America, and as "All praise to Thee, Whose powerful word," in a few in Great Britain. [William T. Brooke]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #572Text
A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #572Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d517
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d520
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #d519
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #859Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. with a Supplement #d374
A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America #d314
A Collection of Hymns, for the Use of the People Called Methodists, with a Supplement #761Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #653Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns: for the use of the Methodist Episcopal Church, principally from the collection of the Rev. John Wesley, A. M., late fellow of Lincoln College..(Rev. and corr. with a supplement) #670aPage Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship #500Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (10th ed.) #500Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (6th ed.) #500Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (3rd ed.) #500Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #500Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #500Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #655Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the use of Universalist Societies and Families (13th ed.) #569Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Universalist Societies and Families 16ed. #569Page Scan
Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #645Page Scan
Hallowed Songs #d215
Hymn Book for Christian Worship #728Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Colored M.E. Church in America #d320
Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #1112Page Scan
Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #1112Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #825Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #825Page Scan
Hymns for the Use of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Impr. ed. #d300
Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #1041Page Scan
Hymns of the Spirit #268Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #920Page Scan
Jubilant Voices #d97
Methodist Hymn and Tune Book #d495
Methodist Hymn-Book #931Page Scan
New Hymn and Tune book: an Offering of Praise for the Methodist Episcopal Church #179gPage Scan
New Hymn and Tune Book: an Offering of Praise for the Use of the African M. E. Zion Church of America #179gPage Scan
Seamen's Hymns #461Page Scan
Seamen's Hymns and Devotional Assistant #d370
The American Hymn and Tune Book #d462
The Camp-Meeting Chorister: or, a collection of hymns and spiritual songs, for the pious of all denominations. To be sung at camp meetings, during revivals of religion, and on other occasions #224Page Scan
The Heart and Voice: or, Songs of Praise for the Sanctuary: hymn and tune book, designed for congregational singing in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and for congregations generally #87bPage Scan
The Tribute of praise and Methodist Protestant Hymn Book. #129Page Scan
The Tribute of Praise: a collection of hymns and tunes for public and social worship, and for the use in the family circle and Sabbath school #129Page Scan
The Tribute of Praise: a collection of hymns and tunes for public and social worship, and for use in the family circle #129Page Scan
Wesleyan Hymn and Tune Book: Comprising the Entire Collection of Hymns in the Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South #859



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