II. In foreign Realms,
and Lands remote,
Supported by thy Care,
Thro’ burning Climes I pass’d unhurt,
And breath’d in tainted Air.
III. Thy Mercy sweeten’d
Made ev’ry Region please;
The hoary Alpine Hills it warm’d,
And smooth’d the Tyrrhene Seas:
IV. Think, O my Soul,
How with affrighted Eyes
Thou saw’st the wide extended Deep
In all its Horrors rise!
V. Confusion dwelt in ev’ry
And Fear in ev’ry Heart;
When Waves on Waves, and Gulphs in Gulphs,
O’ercame the Pilot’s Art.
VI. Yet then from all
my Griefs, O Lord,
Thy Mercy set me free,
Whilst in the Confidence of Pray’r
My Soul took hold on thee;
VII. For tho’ in
dreadful Whirles we hung
High on the broken Wave,
I knew thou wert not slow to Hear,
Nor impotent to Save.
VIII. The Storm was laid,
the Winds retir’d,
Obedient to thy Will;
The Sea that roar’d at thy Command,
At thy Command was still.
IX. In midst of Dangers,
Fears and Death,
Thy Goodness I’ll adore,
And praise Thee for Thy Mercies past;
And humbly hope for more.
X. My Life, if thou preserv’st
Thy Sacrifice shall be;
And Death, if Death must be my Doom,
Shall join my Soul to thee.
[Footnote 1: On the Sublime, Sec. 10, where he compares a description of the terrors of the sea in a lost poem on the Arimaspians, by Aristaeus the Procomnesian, with the passage in the 15th Book of the Iliad, which Pope thus translates:
’He bursts upon them all:
Bursts as a wave that from the cloud impends,
And swell’d with tempests on the ship descends;
White are the decks with foam; the winds aloud
Howl o’er the masts, and sing through every shroud:
Pale, trembling, tir’d, the sailors freeze with fears,
And instant death on every wave appears.’]
[Footnote 2: Psalm cvii. 23-30.]
[Footnote 3: Addison.]
[Footnote 4: Appended to this number is the following
The Author of the_ SPECTATOR having received the Pastoral Hymn in his 441st Paper, set to Musick by one of the most Eminent Composers of our own Country and by a Foreigner, who has not put his name to his ingenious Letter, thinks himself obliged to return his thanks to those Gentlemen for the Honour they have done him.]
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No. 490. Monday, September 22, 1712. Steele.
‘Domus et placens Uxor.’