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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Germany: Vols. XVII–XVIII.  1876–79.
Hymn for the Boatmen, as They Approach the Rapids under the Castle of Heidelberg
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
JESU! bless our slender boat,
  By the current swept along!
Loud its threatenings,—let them not
  Drown the music of a song
Breathed thy mercy to implore,        5
Where these troubled waters roar!
Saviour, for our warning, seen
  Bleeding on that precious Rood!
If, while through the meadows green
  Gently wound the peaceful flood,        10
We forgot thee, do not thou
Disregard thy suppliants now!
Hither, like yon ancient tower
  Watching o’er the river’s bed,
Fling the shadow of thy power,        15
  Else we sleep among the dead;
Thou who trod’st the billowy sea,
Shield us in our jeopardy!
Guide our bark among the waves;
  Through the rocks our passage smooth,        20
Where the whirlpool frets and raves,
  Let thy love its anger soothe:
All our hope is placed in thee;
Miserere Domine!

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