Above me hangs the silent sky;
      Around me rolls the sea;

Above me hangs the silent sky;
      Around me rolls the sea;
The crew is all at rest; and I
      Am, Lord, alone with Thee!

Go where I may, from all remote,
      Thou Lord art ever near:
No secret thought, but Thou canst note;
      No word, but Thou canst hear.

When all around are sunk to sleep,
      Thy presence here I find:
To me Thou walkest o'er the deep,
      Or speakest in the wind.

I look up to the starry sky;
      And read thy glories there:
I look down to myself, and sigh,
      "Can I be still Thy care?"

I think of days and dangers past,
      When I have found Thee nigh;
And wonder how Thy love can last
      To such a worm as I.

I think of terrors yet at hand,
      Of Judgment, and the tomb;
And ask my soul how it shall stand
      To hear its final doom!

Ah, then, how all I've been and done
      Would fill me with despair,
If to the Cross I could not run,
      And find a Saviour there!

I know He has the power to aid;
      I know He has the will:
And He, who once for sinners bled,
      Will rescue sinners still.

Lord, arm my soul with faith in Thee,
      And fill my heart with love;
My path from sin and danger free,
      And guide me safe above.

And while at night the waves I beat,
      Lord, often thus descend,
And grant me here communion sweet
      With Thee, the sailor's Friend.

~ Henry Francis Lyte

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