They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters: These see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep. Psalm 107:23–4
Words: Isaac Watts, The Psalms of David 1719.
The mariner’s psalm.
Music: Providence Solomon W. Straub, 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc).
If you know where to get a good photo of Straub (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?
Thy works of glory, mighty Lord,
Thy wonders in the deeps,
The sons of courage shall record
Who trade in floating ships.
At Thy command the winds arise,
And swell the towering waves;
The men, astonished, mount the skies,
And sink in gaping graves.
Again they climb the watery hills,
And plunge in deeps again;
Each like a tottering drunkard reels,
And finds his courage vain.
Frighted to hear the tempest roar,
They pant with fluttering breath;
And hopeless of the distant shore
Expect immediate death.
Then to the Lord they raise their cries;
He hears the loud request,
And orders silence through the skies,
And lays the floods to rest.
Sailors rejoice to lose their fears,
And see the storm allayed;
Now to their eyes the port appears;
There let their vows be paid.
’Tis God that brings them safe to land;
Let stupid mortals know
That waves are under His command,
And all the winds that blow.
O that the sons of men would praise
The goodness of the Lord!
And those that see Thy wondrous ways,
Thy wondrous love record!