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Eternal Father Strong to Save

Words by William Whiting (1825-1878), 1860
Tune: MELITA by John B. Dykes (1823-1876), in Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1861
Key signature: C major (no sharps or flats)
Time signature: 4/4
Public Domain
Organ Performance at Hymns Without Words
1. 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.