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Safe upon the billowy deep

Safe upon the billowy deep

Author: Henry Coppee (1887)
Published in 13 hymnals

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1 Safe upon the billowy deep,
Loving Lord, Thy servants keep;
Helpless, trusting pilgrims they,
Guard them on their watery way.

2 In the morning fill their sails,
'Mid the dark send favoring gales;
If their sky be overcast,
Calm the waves, and still the blast.

3 Let Thy sunshine guide by day;
Send at eve the starry ray;
Through the watches of the night,
Be Thou, Lord, their shining light.

4 Thus, as hour by hour rolls by
Watch them with Thy sleepless eye:
Guide with Thine almighty hand
Safe unto the haven-land.

5 And at last, life's voyage o'er,
Take us to the heavenly shore,
Safe in port, to dwell with Thee
Where there shall be "no more sea."


The Hymnal: revised and enlarged as adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892

Author: Henry Coppee

Born: Oc­to­ber 13, 1821, Sa­van­nah, Georg­ia. Died: March 22, 1895, Beth­le­hem, Penn­syl­van­ia. Buried: Nisky Hill Cem­e­te­ry, Beth­le­hem, Penn­syl­van­ia. Coppee at­tend­ed Yale Un­i­ver­si­ty, New Ha­ven, Con­nec­ti­cut, for two years, worked as a ci­vil en­gin­eer, and grad­u­at­ed from the Unit­ed States Mil­i­ta­ry Acad­e­my at West Point, New York, in 1845. He served in the Mex­i­can-Amer­i­can War as a lieu­ten­ant, and was made a bre­vet cap­tain for gal­lan­try in the Bat­tles of Con­tre­ras and Chu­ru­bus­co. He went on to serve as a pro­fess­or of Eng­lish at West Point (1850-55), and pro­fess­or of Eng­lish lit­er­a­ture and his­to­ry at the Un­i­ver… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Safe upon the billowy deep
Author: Henry Coppee (1887)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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