All Travelers Guard, in Danger’s Hour

September 12, 2018

 

Penned in 1860 by William Whiting, music by John Dykes, still sung, especially on a day of dread:

 

Eternal Father, strong to save, whose arm has bound the restless wave,

who bid the mighty ocean deep its own appointed limits keep:

O hear us when we cry to thee for those in peril on the sea.

 

O Savior, whose almighty word the wind and waves submissive heard,

who walked upon the foaming deep, and calm amid its rage did sleep:

O hear us when we cry to thee for those in peril on the sea.

 

O Holy Spirit, who did brood upon the chaos wild and rude,

and bid its angry tumult cease, and gave, for fierce confusion, peace:

O hear us when we cry to thee for those in peril on the sea.

 

O Trinity of love and power, all travelers guard in danger’s hour;

from rock and tempest, fire and foe, protect them wheresoe’er they go;

thus evermore shall rise to thee glad praise from air and land and sea.

 

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