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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII.  1876–79.
Syria: Galilee
Peace! It Is I
(Falsely ascribed to Anatolius, Patriarch of Constantinople)
Translated by J. M. Neale

FIERCE was the wild billow,
  Dark was the night;
Oars labored heavily,
  Foam glimmered white;
Mariners trembled,        5
  Peril was nigh;
Then said the God of God:
  “Peace! it is I!”
Ridge of the mountain-wave,
  Lower thy crest!        10
Wail of the stormy wind,
  Be thou at rest!
Peril can none be,
  Sorrow must fly,
Where saith the Light of Light:        15
  “Peace! it is I!”
Jesu, Deliverer!
  Come thou to me!
Soothe thou my voyaging
  Over life’s sea!        20
Thou, when the storm of death
  Roars, sweeping by,
Whisper, O Truth of Truth!
  “Peace! it is I!”

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