As near the wished-for port we draw

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1. As near the wished for port we draw
We lift our hearts in praise to Thee,
Almighty Father, loving Lord,
Our Pilot on the troubled sea.

2. By Thy good care in peace we come,
From fire and foe securely kept,
And after tempest, at Thy word,
The waves have laid them down and slept.

3. As Thou hast giv’n us outward calm,
So, Lord, within us may there be
A peace divine, a peace in Him,
Through whom alone we live to Thee.

4. Give us more light, direct our course,
Cleanse us from guile, our hearts renew;
Let not dark clouds of sin shut out
The star of Jesus from our view.

5. And then, our long life voyage o’er,
And past the perils of the sea,
Receive us on the blissful shore,
To everlasting rest with Thee.

6. To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
The God whom Heav’n and earth adore,
Be glory as it was of old,
Is now, and shall be evermore.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #200

Author: Charles Edward York

York, Charles Edward, M.A., b. in 1842, Chaplain Royal Marine Light Infantry; educated at Pembroke College, Oxford (B.A. 1864), and for sometime Chaplain in the Royal Navy, is the author of "As near the wish'd-for port we draw" (For Use at Sea), in the 1889 Supplemental Hymns to Hymns Ancient & Modern. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

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First Line: As near the wished-for port we draw
Author: Charles Edward York



Also known as: ST. PHILIPS BENEDICTION GRANTON NAZARETH MELCOMBE was first used as an anonymous chant tune (with figured bass) in the Roman Catholic Mass and was published in 1782 in An Essay on the Church Plain Chant. It was first ascribed to Samuel Webbe (the elder; b. London, England, 1740; d.…

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