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Updated May 15, 2017

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The Navy Hymn
(Eternal Father, Strong to Save)

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About "The Navy Hymn"

My Women's Ensemble group wanted to sing this hymn in church. I couldn't find a different and unusual arrangement for SSAA so I wrote one myself. This arrangement is not always true to the original melody, there are a number of surprising variations!  There is some divisi in the parts, so at least 8 voices are needed to sing this arrangement in its entirety.

For SSSSAAAA, A Cappella women's voices
Text by William Whiting
Music by Rev. John Bacchus Dykes
Arranged by Bronwyn Edwards

Performed by:
Fauntleroy Women's Ensemble


by William Whiting

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd'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 walkedst on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage did sleep;

O, 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;

O, hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea.

O Trinity of love and power,
Our loved ones' 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. Amen.

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