Title: God Marked a Line and Told the Sea
Composer: Attr. Elkanah Kelsay Dare As in Pilsbury's United States Harmony, 1799
Author: Thomas H. Troeger, 1986
Scripture: Genesis 2:15-17 Genesis 2:4-9
1. God marked a line and told the sea Its surging tides and waves were free To travel up the sloping strand But not to overtake the land. 2. God set one limit in the glade Where tempting, fruited branches swayed, And that first limit stands behind The limits that the law defined. 3. The line, the limit, and the law Are patterns meant to help us draw A bound between what life requires And all the things our heart desires. 4. But, discontent with finite powers, We reach to take what is not ours And then defend our claim by force And swerve from life's intended course. 5. We are not free when we're confined To every wish that sweeps the mind, But free when freely we accept The sacred bounds that must be kept.