The Navy Hymn ("Eternal Father, Strong to Save")

Composer
John Bacchus Dykes
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(Information from The Presbyterian Hymnal Companion by LindaJo H. McKim, Westminster/John Knox Press, Louisville, Ky. 1993)

"The "Navy Hymn" is Eternal Father, Strong to Save. The original words were written as a poem in 1860 by William Whiting of Winchester, England, for a student who was about to sail for the United States. The melody, published in 1861, was composed by fellow Englishman, Rev. John Bacchus Dykes, an Episcopalian clergyman.

"The hymn, found in most hymnals, is known as the "Navy hymn" because it is sung at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. It is also sung on ships of the Royal Navy (U.K.) and has been translated into French."

This string quartet version has been requested at many funerals of former members of the U.S Navy.


Score ID
30889
Composer
John Bacchus Dykes
Year of composition
1861
Arranger
Lyricist
none
Difficulty
Easy (Grades 1-3)
Duration
1 minute
Instrumentation
String quartet
Genre
Classical music
Instrumental parts
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