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Archive-Navy Hymn mountain dulcimer tablature arrangement in the 1-3-5 tuning


Navy Hymn
(“Eternal Father, Strong to Save”)
Words: William Whiting
Music: John B. Dykes
Arr: Merv Rowley



This song, known to United States Navy men and women as the “Navy Hymn”, is a musical benediction that long has had special meaning to seafaring men, particularly in the American Navy and in the Royal Navies of the British Commonwealth and which, in more recent years, has become a part of French naval tradition.
The original words were written as a hymn by a schoolmaster and clergyman of the Church of England, the Rev. William Whiting. Rev. Whiting resided in an English coastal town and had once survived a furious storm in the Mediterranean; this experience inspired him to pen the words to “Eternal Father, Strong to Save”. In the following year, 1861, these words were adapted to music by another English clergyman, Rev. John B. Dykes, using the melody of one of his earlier songs called, “Melita”.
The story of how this hymn, over the years, came to be called the “Navy Hymn”, with alternate lyrics eventually written for many other branches of military service, is told in the annals of the U.S. Naval Historical Center at the link given below.
Historically, some may recall this music as that played at the funerals of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.
This melody and its supporting harmony is carried along on a continuing chord progression that includes the use of accidental notes D#, F and G#.
Link to Musical History: http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq53-1.htm


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