Updated February 14, 2007
The Navy Hymn
Whose arm has bound the restless wave,
Who bidd'st the ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep:
Oh hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea.
O Christ, the Lord of hill and plain
O'er which our traffic runs amain
By mountain pass or valley low;
Wherever, Lord, Thy people go,
Protect them by Thy guarding hand
From ev'ry peril on the land.
O spirit, whom the Father sent
To spread abroad the firmament
O Wind of heaven, by Thy might
Save all who dare the eagle's flight
And keep them by Thy watchful care
From ev'ry peril in the air.
O Trinity of love and pow'r,
Our people shield in danger's hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe're they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad praise from air and land and sea.
Words by William Whiting (1825-78)
Music by John Dykes (1823-76)