A Little Ship Was On the Sea

A little ship was on the sea

Author: Dorothy A. Thrupp
Published in 30 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 A little ship was on the sea;
It was a pretty sight
It sailed along so pleasantly,
And all was calm and bright.

2 When, lo, a storm began to rise.
The wind grew loud and strong;
It blew the clouds across the skies;
It blew the waves along.

3 And all but One were sore afraid
Of sinking in the deep;
His head was on a pillow laid,
And He was fast asleep.

4 "We parish, Master! Master, save!"
They cried. Their Master heard;
He rose, rebuked the wind and wave,
And stilled them with His word.

5 O well we know it was the Lord,
The Saviour and the Friend,
Whose care of those who trust His word
Will never, never end.

Source: The Children's Hymnbook #108

Author: Dorothy A. Thrupp

Dorothy Ann Thrupp was born in London, June 10, 1779. She contributed some hymns, under the pseudonym of "Iota," to W. Carus Wilson's Friendly Visitor and his Children's Friend. Other hymns by her, signed "D.A.T.," appeared in Mrs. Herbert Mayo's Selection of Hymns and Poetry for the Use of Infant Schools and Nurseries, 1838. She was also the editor of Hymns for the Young, c. 1830, in which all the hymns were given anonymously. She died in London on December 15, 1847. --The Hymnal 1940 Companion… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: A little ship was on the sea
Title: A Little Ship Was On the Sea
Author: Dorothy A. Thrupp
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


A little ship was on the sea. Dorothy A. Thrupp. [Peace.] Contributed to Mrs. H. Mayo's Selection of Hymns, &c, 2nd ed., 1840, in 9 stanzas of 4 lines, entitled "The Little Ship on the Waves,”' and signed "d. a. t." As a hymn for children it is most popular, and is found in numerous collections both in Great Britain and America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


[A little ship was on the sea] (Lightwood)

[A little ship was on the sea] (Hume)

EVAN (Havergal)

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