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.
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,"

Brian Towey

Durham, NC, United States

In the old "Southern Harmony" this text goes with a much bolder tune ("Mercy Seat"), plus several additional verses. This is good; that is even better. If You like this, you'll love that!


Yakima, Wa, United States

I love this hymn. I love all the hymns, especially the more experiential ones of loving the Lord, Comfort in Trials...who doesn't have daily trials!!!, and Spiritual Warfare and Prayer. Did I already say, "I love the hymns, and I thank the Lord and His faithful servants for making this site more user friendly as time goes on. Thank you for your labor of love. Many times the hymns can touch my heart when nothing else or no one else can. I love the Word, but I can memorize the hymns more easily. Thank you again.

Nathan Anderson

Clay, NY, United States

I love this song. It helps in times like these.

Steven Fazekas

Thanks for maintaining the old hymns which have some significance to Biblical Christianity.