For centuries, "Eternal Father" has been a favorite of those who went to sea and braved the storms and whims of the sea with only their faith. The original words were written as a poem in 1860 by William Whiting of Winchester, England, for a student who was about to sail to the United States. The melody, published in 1861, was composed by a fellow Englishman, Rev. John Bacchus Dykes, an Episcopalian clergyman. It has since had verses added for airmen and astronauts. This arrangement is scored in C Major and G Major and is 52 measures.