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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
The Mariner’s Midnight Hymn
By Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna (1790–1849)
 
    O THOU who didst prepare
    The ocean’s caverned cell,
And lead the gathering waters there
      To meet and dwell:
    Tossed in our reeling bark        5
    On this tumultuous sea,
Thy wondrous ways, O Lord, we mark,
      And sing to Thee.
 
    How terrible art Thou,
    In all Thy wonders shown;        10
Though veiled is that eternal brow,
      Thy steps unknown!
    Invisible to sight—
    But oh! to faith how near—
Beneath the gloomiest cloud of night        15
      Thou beamest here.
 
    Borne on the darkening wave
    In measured sweep we go,
Nor dread th’ unfathomable grave
      That yawns below;        20
    For He is nigh who trod
    Amid that foaming spray,
Whose billows owned th’ incarnate God
      And died away.
 
    Let slumber’s balmy seal        25
    Imprint our tranquil eyes;
Though deep beneath the waters steal,
      And circling rise;
    Though swells the confluent tide,
    And beetles far above,—        30
We know in whom our souls confide
      With fearless love.
 
    Snatched from a darker deep
    And waves of wilder foam,
Thou, Lord, those trusting souls wilt keep,        35
      And waft them home;
    Home, where no tempests sound,
    Nor angry waters roar,
Nor troublous billows heave around
      The peaceful shore.        40
 
 
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