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. These see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep. Psalm 107:22–24

Introduction

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Isaac Watts
1674–1748

Words: Is­aac Watts, The Psalms of Da­vid 1719. De­liv­er­ance from storms and ship­wreck; or, the sea­man’s song.

Music: Sweet Hour Will­iam B. Brad­bu­ry, Gold­en Chain (New York: 1861) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William B. Bradbury
1816–1868

Lyrics

Would you be­hold the works of God,
His won­ders in the world abroad,
Go with the ma­rin­ers, and trace
The unk­nown re­gions of the seas.

They leave their na­tive shores be­hind,
And seize the fa­vor of the wind;
Till God com­mand, and tem­pests rise
That heave the ocean to the skies.

Now to the heav’ns they mount amain,
Now sink to dread­ful deeps again;
What strange af­frights young sail­ors feel,
And like a stag­ger­ing drunk­ard reel!

When land is far, and death is nigh,
Lost to all hope, to God they cry:
His mer­cy hears the loud ad­dress,
And sends sal­va­tion in dis­tress.

He bids the winds their wrath as­suage,
The fu­ri­ous waves forget their rage;
’Tis calm, and sail­ors smile to see
The ha­ven where they wished to be.

O may the sons of men re­cord
The won­drous good­ness of the Lord!
Let them their pri­vate of­fer­ings bring
And in the church His glo­ry sing.