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For Those in Peril on the Sea

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For Those in Peril on the Sea
(William Whiting)

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.

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word
Who walked'st on the foaming deep
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep.
     Oh hear us when we cry to thee
     For those in peril on the sea.

Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease
And give, for wild confusion, peace
     Oh hear us when we cry to thee
     For those in peril on the sea.

O Trinity of love and power
Our brethren shield in danger's hour
From rock and tempest, fire and foe
Protect them wheresoe'er they go.
     Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
     Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

note: Written in 1860 after the Reverend William Whiting came
through a fierce storm. This is the official hymn of the
Naval Academy (US): the first verse closes every service.

                                                 apr96
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