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The elevating words and lyrics of this cherished Patriotic song begin with "Eternal Father, strong to save, Whose arm hath bound the restless wave" as the first line of the hymn. The words and lyrics of this "Eternal Father, strong to save" song were written by its English author, William Whiting for "For those in peril on the sea". The author of the hymn, William Whiting, was born on November 1, 1825 and died on May 3, 1878. The wonderful music that accompanies the words of the "Eternal Father, strong to save" song was composed by John Bacchus Dykes.  The composer of the music to the "Eternal Father, strong to save" song, John Bacchus Dykes, was born on March 10, 1823 and died on January 22, 1876. We have placed "Eternal Father, strong to save" in the category of Patriotic Songs. Enjoy the loyal lyrics of this famous, inspirational song.

Eternal Father, strong to save Hymn
Title: Eternal Father, strong to save *** Name of Composer: John Bacchus Dykes *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: William Whiting *** Hymns Category: Patriotic Songs and Hymns

 

 

History of Eternal Father, strong to save
The memorable words "For those in peril on the sea" reminds us of the danger and sacrifices made by those who serve their country in the Navy and is popularly known as the "Navy Hymn".

Author of the Lyrics of the Navy Hymn
The patriot and author of the words of the "Eternal Father, strong to save" lyrics, William Whiting (November 1, 1825-May 3, 1878), was born in Kensington, London, England and achieved fame as Master of Winchester College Choristers’ School, Poet and Hymn writer.

Composer of Music of the Navy Hymn
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of "Eternal Father, strong to save", John Bacchus Dykes (March 10, 1823-January 22, 1876), was born in Kingston upon Hull, England and became famous as a composer, Church organist and musician. Dykes was also Canon of Durham Cathedral.

Information about the Navy Hymn
Title of Hymn / Patriotic Song: 'Eternal Father, strong to save' aka 'Navy Hymn'
Author of Lyrics: William Whiting (November 1, 1825 to May 3, 1878)
Nationality of Author: English

Name of Composer of Music: John Bacchus Dykes (March 10, 1823 to January 22, 1876)
Hymn Category: Patriotic Songs and Hymns
First Line of Hymn: "Eternal Father, strong to save, Whose arm hath bound the restless wave"
First Publication Date: 1860

 

Eternal Father, strong to save Lyrics

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, 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.

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