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8. Eternal Father, Strong to Save

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1 Eternal Father, strong to save,
whose arm has bound the restless wave,
who bade the mighty ocean deep
its own appointed limits keep:
O hear us when we cry to thee
for those in peril on the sea.

2 O Savior, whose almighty word
the winds and waves submissive heard,
who walked upon the foaming deep,
and calm amid its rage did sleep:
O hear us when we cry to thee
for those in peril on the sea.

3 O Holy Spirit, who did brood
upon the chaos wild and rude,
and bade its angry tumult cease,
and gave, for fierce confusion, peace:
O hear us when we cry to thee
for those in peril on the sea.

4 O Trinity of love and power,
all travelers guard in danger's hour;
from rock and tempest, fire and foe,
protect them wheresoe'er they go;
thus evermore shall rise to thee
glad praise from air and land and sea.

Text Information
First Line: Eternal Father, strong to save
Title: Eternal Father, Strong to Save
Author: William Whiting (1860, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 8.8.8.8.8.8
Scripture: Genesis 1:1-3; Job 38:8-11; Psalm 57:1; Psalm 91:2; Psalm 95:5; Psalm 107:23-32; Matthew 8:23-27; Matthew 14:24-33; Mark 4:36-41; Mark 6:47-52; Luke 8:26-37; John 6:16-21; 2 Peter 2:9
Topic: Christian Year: Trinity; Gift of the Holy Spirit; Jesus Christ: Life (2 more...)
Language: English
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Name: MELITA
Composer: John Bacchus Dykes (1861)
Meter: 8.8.8.8.8.8
Key: C Major


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The year after this text was written for a student sailing to America, it was included in the most influential British hymnal of the 19th century. The tune especially composed for it preserves the ancient Roman name of the island where Paul was shipwrecked, now called Malta.


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