Scripture Verse

Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing. They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters.@Psalm 107:22–23

Words: Ro­bert Fer­gus­son, cir­ca 1838. Pub­lished in Li­tur­gy and Hymns for the Use of the Pro­test­ant Church of the Unit­ed Breth­ren, or Mo­ra­vi­ans (Beth­le­hem, Penn­syl­van­ia: Mo­ra­vi­an Pub­li­ca­tion Of­fice, 1866), num­ber 922.

Music: Ware­ham Will­iam Knapp, 1738 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William Knapp
(1698–1768)

This ship we now commend to Thee,
Thou God of providence and grace;
Here may Thy presence ever dwell,
To sanctify and bless the place.

Lord, speed the vessel in its course;
Let winds and waves propitious be;
Let Thy divine protection shield
All whom we now commend to Thee.

Hallowed to Thee be every heart:
Instructed in Thy righteous will,
Where’er they go, whate’er they do,
In all, Thy great designs fulfill.

O God of Bethel! hear our prayer,
And keep Thy servants to the end;
Then let us meet around Thy throne,
A blest eternity to spend.