[Which may be used at Sea or on Land.]
T ORD, for the just thou dost provide,
■^ Thou art their sure defence;
Eternal Wisdom is their guide,
Their help, Omnipotence.
2 Though they through foreign lands should roam
And breathe the tainted air
In burning climates, far from home,
Yet thou, their God, art there.
3 Thy goodness sweetens every soil,
Makes every country please;
Thou on the snowy hills dost smile,
And smooth 'st the rugged seas.
4 When waves on waves, to heaven uprear'd,
Defied the pilot's art;
When terror in each face appear 'd,
And sorrow in each heart;
5 To thee I raised my humble prayer.
To snatch me from the grave:
I found thine ear not slow to hear,
Nor short thine arm to save.
6 Thou gav'st the word, the winds did cease,
The storms obey'd thy will.
The raging sea was hush'd in peace.
And every wave was still.
For this, my life, in every state,
A life of praise shall be;
And death, when death shall be my fate,
Shall join my soul to thee.
Source: Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America (Rev. ed.) #269
Lord, for the just Thou dost provide [prepare]. Part of "How are Thy servants blest, O Lord," p. 17, i. 5.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)