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Naval Hymns


The Naval Hymn

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This naval hymn is sung is sung to the same tune as the Recessional at naval church services and ceremonies of rememberance.

Eternal Father strong to save
Whose arm doth bind the restless waves
Who bid'st the might oceans deep
Its own appointed limits keep
O hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea.

O Trinity of love and power
Our bretheren in danger's hour
From rock and tempist, fire and foe
Protect them whereso'er they go
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee

The Recessional

God of our fathers, known of old,
Lord of our far-flung battle line,
Beneath whose awful hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine:
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget, lest we forget.

The tumult and the shouting dies;
The captains and the kings depart.
Still stands thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget, lest we forget.

Far-called, our navies melt away;
On dune and headland sinks the fire.
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget, lest we forget.
 


O God Our Help In Ages Past

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Our God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

Beneath the shadow of Thy throne
SThy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defence is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly, forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the opening day.

Our God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home.

RAN Band
Royal Australian Navy Band


Abide With Me

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Abide with me, fast falls the eventide
The darkness deepens, Lord with me abide
When other helpers fail and comforts flee
Help of the helpless, oh abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs life's little day
earth's joys row dim, its glories pass away
change and decayin all around I see
O thou who changest not, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who like Thyself my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine Lord abide with me

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitternes
Wher is death's sting? Where grave thy victory?
I triumph still if Thou adide with me.

Hold thou Thy cross before my closing eyes
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies
Heaven's morning breaks and earth's vain shadows flee
In life, in death oh Lord abide with me