Scripture Verse

Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing. They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters. Psalm 107:22–23

Introduction

Words: Ro­bert Fer­gus­son, cir­ca 1838. Pub­lished in Li­tur­gy and Hymns for the Use of the Pro­test­ant Church of the Unit­ed Breth­ren, or Mo­ra­vi­ans (Beth­le­hem, Penn­syl­van­ia: Mo­ra­vi­an Pub­li­ca­tion Of­fice, 1866), num­ber 922.

Music: Ware­ham Will­iam Knapp, 1738 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Fer­gus­son (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
William Knapp
(1698–1768)

Lyrics

This ship we now commend to Thee,
Thou God of providence and grace;
Here may Thy presence ever dwell,
To sanctify and bless the place.

Lord, speed the vessel in its course;
Let winds and waves propitious be;
Let Thy divine protection shield
All whom we now commend to Thee.

Hallowed to Thee be every heart:
Instructed in Thy righteous will,
Where’er they go, whate’er they do,
In all, Thy great designs fulfill.

O God of Bethel! hear our prayer,
And keep Thy servants to the end;
Then let us meet around Thy throne,
A blest eternity to spend.