Christopher Wordsworth--nephew of the great lake-poet, William Wordsworth--was born in 1807. He was educated at Winchester, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A., with high honours, in 1830; M.A. in 1833; D.D. in 1839. He was elected Fellow of his College in 1830, and public orator of the University in 1836; received Priest's Orders in 1835; head master of Harrow School in 1836; Canon of Westminster Abbey in 1844; Hulsean Lecturer at Cambridge in 1847-48; Vicar of Stanford-in-the-Vale, Berks, in 1850; Archdeacon of Westminster, in 1865; Bishop of Lincoln, in 1868. His writings are numerous, and some of them very valuable. Most of his works are in prose. His "Holy Year; or, Hymns for Sundays, Holidays, and other occ… Go to person page >
The ark of God in safety rode. Bishop C. Wordsworth of Lincoln. [For use at Sea.] Appeared in The Holy Year, 1862, p. 216, in 20 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "Prayers at Sea—The Sailors' Hymn," In later editions it is divided into four parts thus—
Pt. i. "The ark of God in safety rode."
Pt. ii. “O Thou Whose way is on the waves."
Pt. iii. "Our bodies are with earthly food."
Pt. iv. "The stars will fall, the sun be dark."
These parts are in the 1869 Appendix to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Psalms & Hymns, st. vi. of the original being omitted. This revision was made by the author. In the S. P. C. K. Church Hymns, 1871, is a cento composed of st. i., ii., v., xi., xv.-xx.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)