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


James Montgomery

Words: James Mont­gom­e­ry, 1821.

Music: Ocean Church Chor­als and Choir Stu­dies, ed­it­ed by Ri­chard S. Will­is (New York: Clark, Aus­tin & Smith, 1850), page 133 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:


They that toil upon the deep,
And, in vessels light and frail,
O’er the mighty waters sweep,
With the billow and the gale—

Mark what wonders God performs,
When He speaks, and, unconfined,
Rush to battle all His storms,
In the chariots of the wind.

Up to heav’n their bark is whirled,
On the mountain of the wave,
Down as suddenly ’tis hurled
To th’ abysses of the grave.

To and fro they reel and roll,
As intoxicate with wine;
Terrors paralyze their soul,
Helm they quit, and hope resign.

Then unto the Lord they cry;
He inclines a gracious ear,
Sends deliverance from on high,
Rescues them from all their fear.

Calm and smooth the surges flow,
And where deadly lightning ran,
God’s own reconciling bow
Meets the ocean with a span.