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May 29, 2005

Eternal Father, Strong to Save,

Eternal Father, Strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bid'st the mighty Ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
O hear us when we cry to thee,
for those in peril on the sea.

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walked'st on the foaming deep,
and calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger's hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe'er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee,
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

This is one of my favorite hymns.

It stirs childhood memories, especially of the Chapel on Guantanamo Bay. We sang it as the closing hymn every Sunday at the Chapel. These are the original verses, but there are 20 or so printed in the Chapel hymnal.

I've wanted to teach it to my boys for awhile, and this Memorial Day weekend seemed a good time to do it, especially since I have a lovely version on cd that came with Hymns for a Child's Heart.

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Thanks for the link to the hymnal. Have a great Lord's Day!

Posted by: Anne at May 29, 2005 05:39 PM

A great hymn, indeed!

Posted by: sciolist at May 29, 2005 10:59 PM

Hi. :)

This seems an appropriate place to comment, since it references Gtmo. I think I know you from way back then as X.K. I came across your blog a long while ago when I was doing some research on homeschooling, and I've been reading off and on ever since.

You may not even remember me - Kathy Lynch - but I just wanted to say hi. Your family is beautiful!

(PS - I remember that hymn, too. I've never heard it anywhere else except those four years in Gtmo, every single Sunday.)

Posted by: Kathy at December 21, 2005 05:27 PM


 
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