The Navy Hymn

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"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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