Scripture Verse

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made Heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is. Psalm 146:6


Words: Hen­ry Bur­ton, 1905.

Music: San­ta Tri­ni­ta Emi­lio V. Pier­ac­ci­ni (1833–1902) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


O Mak­er of the sea and sky,
Whose word the stor­my winds fulfill,
On the wide ocean Thou art nigh,
Bidding these hearts of ours be still.

What if Thy foot­steps are not known?
W know Thy way is in the sea;
We trace the sha­dow of Thy throne,
Constant amid in­con­stan­cy.

Thou bidd’st the north or south wind blow;
The lone­ly sea bird is Thy care;
And in the clouds which come and go,
We see Thy cha­ri­ots ev­ery­where.

The sun that lights the home­land dear
Spreads the new morn­ing o’er the deep;
And in the dark Thy stars ap­pear,
Keeping their watch­es while we sleep.

And so, se­cure from all alarms,
Thy seas be­neath, Thy skies above,
Clasped in the ev­er­last­ing arms,
We rest in Thine un­slum­ber­ing love.