I'd rather be the ship that sails

and rides the billows wild and free

Than to be the ship that always fails

to leave its port and go to sea,


I'd rather feel the sting of strife,

where gales are born and tempests roar

than to settle down to useless life

and rot in dry dock on the shore,

I'd rather fight some mighty wave

with honor and supreme command

and fill at last a well-earned grave,

than to die in ease upon the sand.

I'd rather drive where sea storms blow,

and be the ship that always failed

to make the ports where it would go,

than to be the ship that never sailed.


~Author Unknown~

A ship in harbor is safe,
but that is not what ships are built for.

William Shedd



 Eternal Father, strong to save,

 Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,

 Who biddest the mighty ocean deep

 Its own appointed limits keep

 Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,

 For those in peril on the sea!

  Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood

 Upon the chaos dark and rude,

 And bid its angry tumult cease,

 And give, for wild confusion, peace

 Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,

 For those in peril on the sea!

  O Trinity of love and power!

 Our family shield in dangers hour

 From rock and tempest, fire and foe,

 Protect us wheresoever we go

 Thus evermore shall rise to Thee

 Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

~~author unknown







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