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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
Extracts from Hallelujah: When We Are upon the Seas
By George Wither (1588–1667)
1  ON those great waters now I am,
    Of which I have been told,
  That whosoever thither came
    Should wonders there behold.
  In this unsteady place of fear,        5
    Be present, Lord, with me;
  For in these depths of water here
    I depths of danger see.
2  A stirring courser now I sit,
    A headstrong steed I ride,        10
  That champs and foams upon the bit
    Which curbs his lofty pride.
  The softest whistling of the winds
    Doth make him gallop fast;
  And as their breath increased he finds        15
    The more he maketh haste.
3  Take Thou, oh Lord! the reins in hand,
    Assume our Master’s room;
  Vouchsafe Thou at our helm to stand,
    And pilot to become.        20
  Trim Thou the sails, and let good speed
    Accompany our haste;
  Sound Thou the channels at our need,
    And anchor for us cast.
4  A fit and favourable wind        25
    To further us provide;
  And let it wait on us behind,
    Or lackey by our side.
  From sudden gusts, from storms, from sands,
    And from the raging wave;        30
  From shallows, rocks, and pirates’ hands,
    Men, goods, and vessel save.
5  Preserve us from the wants, the fear,
    And sickness of the seas;
  But chiefly from our sins, which are        35
    A danger worse than these.
  Lord! let us also safe arrive
    Where we desire to be;
  And for Thy mercies let us give
    Due thanks and praise to Thee.        40

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