Scripture Verse

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep. Psalm 107:23–24


John Q. Adams (1767–1848)

Words: John Q. Ad­ams (1767–1848). Pub­lished in Po­ems of Re­li­gion and So­cie­ty by John Quin­cy Ad­ams, by John Da­vis and T. H. Ben­ton (New York: Will­iam H. Gra­ham, 1848), pag­es 52–53.

Music: Duane Street George Coles, 1835 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

George Coles (1792–1858)


O that the race of men would raise
Their voices to their heav’nly king,
And with the sacrifice of praise
The glories of Je­ho­vah sing!
Ye navigators of the sea,
Your course on ocean’s tides who keep,
And there Je­ho­vah’s wonders see,
His wonders in the briny deep!

He speaks; conflicting whirlwinds fly;
The waves in swelling torrents flow;
They mount, aspire to Hea­ven on high;
They sink, as if to hell below:
Their souls with terror melt away;
They stagger as if drunk with wine
Their skill is vain, to Thee they pray;
O, save them, Energy divine!

He stays the storm; the waves subside;
Their hearts with rapture are inspired;
Soft breezes waft them o’er the tide,
In gladness, to their port desired:
O that mankind the song would raise,
Jehovah’s goodness to pro­claim!
Assembled nations shout His praise,
Assembled elders bless His name!