1 The billows swell, the winds are high
Clouds overcast my wintry sky;
Out of the depths to thee I call,
My fears are great, my strength is small.
2 O Lord, a Savior's part perform,
And guide and guard me through the storm;
Defend me from each threatening ill,
Control the waves, say, "peace, be still."
3 Amidst the roaring of the sea,
My souls still hands her hope on thee;
Thy constant love, thy faithful care,
Is all that saves me from despair.
4 Dangers of every shape and name,
Attend the followers of the Lamb,
Who leave the world's deceitful shore,
And leave it to return no more.
5 God of my life, to thee I call,
Afflicted at thy feet I fall;
When the great water-floods prevail,
Leave not my trembling heart to fail!
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799
The billows swell, the winds are high. W. Cowper. [Temptation.] Appeared in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Bk. iii., No. 18, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "Temptation." It was extensively adopted by the older collection, but is somewhat restricted in its modern use.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)