Eternal Father (the Navy Hymn)- selected verses
- Eternal Father, strong to save,
- Whose arm hath bound the restless wave
- Who bidst the mighty ocean deep
- Its own appointed limits keep.
- Oh hear us when we cry to Thee,
- For those in peril on the sea!
- Lord, guard and guide the men who fly
Through the great spaces in the sky.
Be with them always in the air,
In darkening storms or sunlight fair;
Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer,
For those in peril in the air!
America the Beautiful (2nd and 3rd verses)
O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!
O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness,
And every gain divine!
Requiem by Robert Louis Stevenson
Under the wide and starry sky
Dig the grave and let me lie
Glad did I live and gladly die
And I laid me down with a will.
This be the verse you ‘grave for me:
Here he lies where he long’d to be
Home is the sailor, home from the sea.
And the hunter, home from the hill.
Bravo Zulu, John. Thank you for your service.