Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Jesus stills the storm

There aren’t very many hymns about Jesus stilling the storm. Godfrey Thring wrote this one in 1861. The tune by John Bacchus Dykes (pictured, 1823-76) is called ST. ÆLRED.

Fierce raged the tempest o’er the deep,
Watch did Thine anxious servants keep,
But Thou wast wrapped in guileless sleep,
Calm and still.

“Save, Lord, we perish,” was their cry,
“O save us in our agony!”
Thy word above the storm rose high,
“Peace, be still.”

The wild winds hushed; the angry deep
Sank, like a little child, to sleep;
The sullen billows ceased to leap,
At Thy will.

So, when our life is clouded o’er,
And storm-winds drift us from the shore,
Say, lest we sink to rise no more,
“Peace, be still.”

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