Scripture Verse

By terrible things in righteousness wilt Thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea. Psalm 65:5


Edward H. Bickersteth, Jr.

Words: Ed­ward H. Bick­er­steth, Jr., 1869. Orig­in­al first line: Lord of the ocean, hear our cry.

Music: Rock­ing­ham (Mill­er) Karl P. E. Bach, ar­ranged by Ed­ward Mill­er, 1790 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Edward Miller
National Portrait Gallery

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Almighty Father, hear our cry,
As o’er the trackless deep we roam;
Be Thou our haven always nigh,
On homeless waters Thou our home.

O Jesu, Savior, at whose voice
The tempest sank to perfect rest,
Bid Thou the fearful heart rejoice,
And cleanse and calm the troubled breast.

O Holy Ghost, beneath whose power
The ocean woke to life and light,
Command Thy blessing in this hour,
Thy fostering warmth, Thy quickening might.

Great God of our salvation, Thee
We love, we worship, we adore;
Our refuge on time’s changeful sea,
Our joy on Heav’n’s eternal shore.