1 Oh God that madest the earth and sky,
The darkness and the day,
Give ear to this thy family,
And help us when we pray!
For wide the waves of bitterness
Around our vessel roar,
And heavy grows the pilot's heart,
To view the rocky shore!
2 The cross our Master bore for us,
For Him we fain would bear;
But mortal strength to weakness turns,
And courage to despair!
Then mercy on our failings, Lord!
Our sinking faith renew!
And when his sorrows visit us,
Oh send his patience too!
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship, 1830
Reginald Heber was born in 1783 into a wealthy, educated family. He was a bright youth, translating a Latin classic into English verse by the time he was seven, entering Oxford at 17, and winning two awards for his poetry during his time there. After his graduation he became rector of his father's church in the village of Hodnet near Shrewsbury in the west of England where he remained for 16 years. He was appointed Bishop of Calcutta in 1823 and worked tirelessly for three years until the weather and travel took its toll on his health and he died of a stroke. Most of his 57 hymns, which include "Holy, Holy, Holy," are still in use today.
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Display Title: Oh God That Madest Earth And SkyFirst Line: Oh God that madest earth and skyTune Title: FIRST MODE MELODYAuthor: Reginald Heber, 1783-1826Meter: CMDSource: Published posthumously in Hymns Written and Adapted to the Weekly Church Service of the Year (London: J. Murray, 1827)