The Navy Hymn

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Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep,
Its own appointed limits keep.

Oh hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea! Amen.

Eternal Father, lend Thy grace To
those with wings who fly thro' space,
Thro wind and storm, thro' sun and rain,
Oh bring them safely home again.

Oh Father, hear an humble prayer,
For those in peril in the air! Amen.

Oh Trinity of love and pow'r,
Our brethren shield in danger's hour,
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them where so e'er they go.

Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea! Amen.

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Information About The Navy Hymn

"The Navy Hymn" is also known as "Eternal Father, Strong to Save" or sometimes by the last line of its first verse, "For Those in Peril on the Sea". It a song that has been adopted by seafarers especially the Royal Navy and United States Navy thus the song is also called the "Royal Navy Hymn" or simply "The Navy Hymn".

Englishman, William Whiting wrote the original hymn in 1860 as a poem for a student of his, who was to leave on a visit to the United States. In 1861, John B. Dykes, an Anglican clergyman, composed the tune "Melita" especially to accompany the words to the hymn. "Melita" is an archaic term for Malta.

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Dee, United States

6 March 2012 at 1:44pm

I sang this in the "Blue Jackets Choir" in boot camp years ago.....what a great song.

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