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MEMORIALS OF A TOUR ON THE CONTINENT, 1820

IX. HYMN

FOR THE BOATMEN, AS THEY APPROACH THE RAPIDS UNDER THE CASTLE OF HEIDELBERG

          JESU! bless our slender Boat,
            By the current swept along;
          Loud its threatenings--let them not
            Drown the music of a song
          Breathed thy mercy to implore,
          Where these troubled waters roar!

          Saviour, for our warning, seen
            Bleeding on that precious Rood;
          If, while through the meadows green
            Gently wound the peaceful flood,                          10
          We forgot Thee, do not Thou
          Disregard thy Suppliants now!

          Hither, like yon ancient Tower
            Watching o'er the River's bed,
          Fling the shadow of thy power,
            Else we sleep among the dead;
          Thou who trod'st the billowy sea,
          Shield us in our jeopardy!

          Guide our Bark among the waves;
            Through the rocks our passage smooth;                     20
          Where the whirlpool frets and raves
            Let thy love its anger soothe:
          All our hope is placed in Thee;
          'Miserere Domine!'


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