From every stormy wind that blows

From every stormy wind that blows,
From every swelling tide of woes,
There is a calm, a sure retreat—
'Tis found beneath the mercy seat.
There is a place where Jesus sheds
The oil of gladness on our heads,
A place than all besides more sweet—
It is the blood-bought mercy seat.
There is a scene where spirits blend,
Where friend holds fellowship with friend;
Though sundered far, by faith they meet
Around one common mercy seat.
There, there on eagle's wings we soar,
And time and sense seem all no more,
And heaven comes down our souls to greet,
And glory crowns the mercy seat.
Ana Lara

United States

Hugh Stowell was born December 3, 1799, at Douglas on the Isle of Man. His father, also named Hugh was the Rector at Ballaugh near Ramsey, England.

Hugh Stowell Jr. received his education at St. Edmunds Hall, Oxford, where he earned his

B. A. in 1822 and M. A. in 1826. The details of his conversion are not known. He was ordained a minister to the Church of England and served at Shepscombe,

Gloucestershire, and later at Huddersfield and Salford. He published hymn books which included his own, some of which were children’s hymns. He went to be with the Lord “where glory crowns the mercy seat. ” October 8, 1865.

An interesting incident is recorded as to this hymn. In 1871 while the great Chicago fire raged on, it engulfed the First Baptist Church. Those inside said, ”Our house must go, but let us have one more prayer within its walls. ” Then rising from their knees they sang together as they left the building.

“From every stormy wind that blows,

From every swelling tide of woes,

There is a calm, a sure retreat

‘Tis found beneath the mercy seat. ” (original stanza)


Very comforting today.


This met a need today.

D. J. G.

Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil

What a beautiful tune!

Peter Joseph

McDonough, Georgia (GA), United States

Is there more than one tune to sing this song? I asked because I know it in a different tune.

BJ Williams

Lake City, FL, United States

I woke up this morning with my situations and circumstances on my mind, and while trying to trust THE GOOD MASTER THE HOLY SPIRIT brought this hymn to mind, which I had the privilege of being exposed to years ago. I could not recall all the words, so I got up and pulled this title up on line. PERFECT! I love the assurance and peace the words give. Very endearing! Thank GOD for the writers of old who penned it and the musicians who put music to it. Love it!


Vancouver, BC, Canada

Beautiful, old hymn. I was not familiar with it. I love the reassurance and encouragement it gives.


St Paul, MN, United States

For a lovely new choral arrangement of this hymn, I recommend the Josh Bauder's arrangement from his album, "Grace Alone". It captures the heavenly picture so well. You can find it on Youtube under the title, "The Mercy Seat" (I am not allowed to paste the link here).

李 菲 麗

NC, United States

Praise the Lord for the "mercy seat". The mercy seat in the Old Testament signifies the place that God dispenses His grace. In the New Testament, all of God's grace is dispensed to us through Christ. Exodus 25:22 says, "And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel." Thank the Lord that there is the blood of the cross upon God's mercy seat today. Through the blood, we can look up to God's glory and live in His glory. Thank the Lord that His propitiation has put us in a position where we can behold God's glory with unveiled face. This is the meaning of fellowship. Fellowship is not spending half an hour to an hour studying the Bible or praying. Fellowship is beholding God's glory through the blood and having a life that is totally for His glory. (from: Collected Works of Watchman Nee, The (Set 2) Vol. 37: General Messages (1), Chapter 16, Section 1)

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

it is sweet and comforting.

In the original, the 3rd line of v2 says, "A place of all on earth most sweet,"

There is an extra verse before the last one:

Ah! Whither could we flee for aid

When tempted, desolate, dismayed?

Or how the hosts of hell defeat,

Had suff’ring saints no mercy seat?

The 2nd line of the last verse in the original says:

"And sin and guilt seem there no more,"