MELITA (Dykes)

Composer: John Bacchus Dykes

John Bacchus Dykes, Mus. Doc.; b. Kingston-upon-Hull, 1823; d. St. Leonard's 1876 Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal, 1908 Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: John Bacchus Dykes (1861)
Meter: 8.8.8.8.8.8
Incipit: 13355 6655U 12D75 54524
Key: C Major
Source: Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1861
Copyright: Public Domain

Texts

Eternal Father! strong to save

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm does bind the restless wave,
Who bids the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
O hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea.

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Notes

The original chant melody associated with this text [i.e., "Eternal Father, strong to save"] is found in most hymnals of denominations where chant has played a role, including the Lutheran tradition, which has produced much organ music on this well-known chant.

The setting here is by John B. Dykes (PHH 147), originally composed as a setting for William Whiting's "Eternal Father, Strong to Save." Published in Hymns Ancient and Modern (1861) with that text, MELITA is often referred to as the "navy hymn." The tune is named after the island of Malta where Paul was shipwrecked.

A fine tune, MELITA is marked by good use of melodic sequences and a harmony that features several dominant sevenths (both are Dykes's trademarks). Sing in harmony; because the lines flow into each other in almost breathless fashion, use a stately tempo.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987

Media

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #69
Text: Eternal Father, Strong to Save
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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #101
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The Cyber Hymnal #1363
Text: Eternal Father, Strong to Save
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The Cyber Hymnal #1827
Text: God of the Living, in Whose Eyes
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The Cyber Hymnal #2626
Text: How Shall We Answer Terror's Cry?
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The Cyber Hymnal #3046
Text: I Sing the Birth Was Born Tonight
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The Cyber Hymnal #3690
Text: Let Glory Be to God on High
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The Cyber Hymnal #3735
Text: Lord, I Deserve Thy Deepest Wrath
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The Cyber Hymnal #4558
Text: Now Let Us All Arise and Sing
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The Cyber Hymnal #5131
Text: O Lord, to Us Thy Mercy Show
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The Cyber Hymnal #5178
Text: O Master of the Waking World
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The Cyber Hymnal #6294
Text: Sinners, Rejoice: Your Peace Is Made
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The Cyber Hymnal #6376
Text: Strong, Righteous Man of Galilee
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The Cyber Hymnal #6401
Text: Surrounded by a Host of Foes
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The Cyber Hymnal #7366
Text: When Gathering Clouds Around I View
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The Cyber Hymnal #7723
Text: We Worship Thee, O Crucified
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The Cyber Hymnal #7991
Text: Chaplain To The Forces
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The Cyber Hymnal #9853
Text: Him Dead And Buried We Confess
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The Cyber Hymnal #10653
Text: O Jesus, Son of God, In Thee
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The Cyber Hymnal #11133
Text: Lord, Shall Thy Children Come To Thee?
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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #425
Text: Creator Spirit, by Whose Aid
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Worship and Rejoice #74
Text: Eternal Father, Strong to Save

Instances

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African American Heritage Hymnal #610TextPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #587
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #600
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #536Text
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #623Text
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #146
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #160
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #69TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #643TextFlexScorePage Scan
Catholic Book of Worship III #492
Catholic Book of Worship III #493
Catholic Book of Worship III #642
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #14TextPage Scan
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #396
Chalice Hymnal #85TextPage Scan
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #101ScoreAudio
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #517Text
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #542
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #260aTextPage Scan
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #260bTextPage Scan
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #484TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #412
Common Praise (1998) #567Page Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #413Page Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #603aTextPage Scan
Community of Christ Sings #76
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #153TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #418TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #597TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #756TextPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #8Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #579Text
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #608TextPage Scan
Hymnal Supplement 98 #906
Hymnal: A Worship Book #300
Hymnal: A Worship Book #540
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #379
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #245
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #356
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #273
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #285
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #480bText
Hymns of Promise: a large print songbook #54Page Scan
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #6
Hymns to the Living God #216Text
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #539
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #65FlexScoreAudio
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #523TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #717Text
Moravian Book of Worship #725TextPage Scan
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #376Page Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #562TextPage Scan
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #582b
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #85A
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #425Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice Hymns #518
Rejoice in the Lord #525Page Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #526Text
Secular Hymnal: 144 hymn tunes made inclusive for all #2TextPage Scan
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #85
Sing Joyfully #459
Singing the Faith #517
Small Church Music #424Audio
Small Church Music #3753Audio
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #808Text
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #293
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #729
The Cyber Hymnal #1363TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #1827TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2626TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #3046TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #3690TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #3735TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4558TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5131TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5178TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #6294TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #6376TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #6401TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #7366TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #7723TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #7991TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #9853TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #9942TextAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #10653TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #11133TextScoreAudio
The Faith We Sing #2191TextFlexScorePage Scan
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #402TextPage Scan
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #575
The New English Hymnal #162
The New English Hymnal #354TextPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #358Text
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #138
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #615
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #322TextPage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #630TextFlexScorePage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #725
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #322
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #659TextPage Scan
Worship (3rd ed.) #740TextPage Scan
Worship (4th ed.) #993
Worship and Rejoice #74TextScoreAudioPage Scan
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #175
Worship Supplement 2000 #780Page Scan
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #426
Include 109 pre-1979 instances



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