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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
“Eternal Father, strong to save”
By William Whiting (1825–1878)
 
ETERNAL Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
O hear us when we cry to Thee        5
For those in peril on the sea.
 
O Christ, whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walkedst on the foaming deep,
And calm amid the storm didst sleep:        10
O 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,        15
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
O 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;        20
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe’er they go;
Thus evermore may rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.
 
 
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