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Great Ruler of the land and sea

Great Ruler of the land and sea,
Almighty God, we come to Thee;
Able to succour and to save
From perils of the wind and wave.

Speak to the shadows of the night,
And turn their darkness into light;
Smooth down the breaker’s rising crest,
Say to the billow, “Be at rest!”

Soothe the rough ocean’s troubled face,
And bid the hurricane give place
To the soft breeze that wafts the bark
Safely alike through light and dark.

In storm or battle, with Thy arm
Shield Thou the mariner from harm—
From foes without, from ills within,
From deeds, and words,
and thoughts, of sin.

O Son of God, in days of ill,
Say to each sorrow, “Peace! Be still!”
In hours of weakness be Thou nigh,
Heal Thou the sickness, hear the cry.

When hidden is each guiding star,
Flash out the beacon’s light afar;
From mist and rock, and shoal and spray,
Protect the sailor on his way.

Defend from the quick lightning’s stroke,
And from the iceberg’s crushing shock;
Take Thou the helm, and surely guide
The wanderer o’er the wayward tide.

Good Pilot of the awful main,
Let us not plead Thy love in vain;
Jesus, draw near with kindly aid,
Say “It is I; be not afraid!”

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Meter: 8 8 8 8 8 8
      Bible Refs: Ps 65:5;
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      # 1062
      1917# 717
      Name: MELITA (NAVY HYMN)
      Meter: 8 8 8 8 8 8
        Dates: 1861
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