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[254] Wait cheerily, then, O mariners,
     For daylight and for land;
The breath of God is in your sail,
     Your rudder is His hand.

Sail on, sail on, deep-freighted
     With blessings and with hopes;
The saints of old with shadowy hands
     Are pulling at your ropes.

Behind ye holy martyrs
     Uplift the palm and crown;
Before ye unborn ages send
     Their benedictions down.

Take heart from John de Matha!
     God's errands never fail!
Sweep on through storm and darkness,
     The thunder and the hail!

Sail on! The morning cometh,
     The port ye yet shall win;
And all the bells of God shall ring
     The good ship bravely in!


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