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Words by William Whiting (1825-1878), 1860Tune: MELITA by John B. Dykes (1823-1876), in Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1861Key signature: C major (no sharps or flats)Meter: 126.96.36.199.8.8.Public DomainOrgan Performance at Hymns Without Words1. Eternal Father, strong to save, Whose arm hath bound 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.2. O Savior, Whose almighty word The winds and waves submissive heard, Who walked upon the foaming deep, And calm amid its rage did sleep; Protect us by Thy guarding hand From ev’ry peril on the land.3. O Spirit Whom the Father sent To spread abroad the firmament: O mighty Spirit, by Thy might Save all who take the eagle’s flight, And keep them by Thy watchful care From ev’ry peril in the air.4. O Trinity of love and power, Your children 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 praise from air and land and sea.