Scripture Verse

He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. Matthew 8:26


Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958)

Words: Jes­sie Ad­ams, 1906.

Music: Kings­fold Eng­lish tune, ar­ranged by Ralph Vaugh­an Will­iams, 1906 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ad­ams (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


I feel the winds of God to­day;
Today my sail I lift,
Though hea­vy, oft with drench­ing spray,
And torn with ma­ny a rift;
If hope but light the wa­ter’s crest,
And Christ my bark will use,
I’ll seek the seas at His be­hest,
And brave ano­ther cruise.

It is the wind of God that dries my
Vain re­gret­ful tears,
Until with brav­er thoughts shall rise
The pur­er, bright­er years;
If cast on shores of self­ish ease
Or pleasure I should be;
Lord, let me feel Thy fresh­en­ing breeze,
And I’ll put back to sea.

If ev­er I for­get Thy love
And how that love was shown,
Lift high the blood red flag above;
It bears Thy name alone.
Great pilot of my on­ward way,
Thou wilt not let me drift;
I feel the winds of God to­day,
Today my sail I lift.

Atlantic Storm
John S. Sargent (1856–1925)