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Coast Guard Hymn


Eternal Father, Lord of Hosts 

Watch o'er the ones who guard our coasts 

Protect them from the raging seas 

And give them light and life and peace. 

Grant them from thy great throne above 

The shield and shelter of thy love. 

Lord, guard and guide the ones who fly 

Through the great spaces in the sky 

Be with them always in the air, 

In darken storms or sunlight fair, 

Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer, 

For those in peril in the air! 

Grant to them Your eternal peace, Oh Lord, 

For they have followed your commandment, 

That No Greater Love has he, who would give up his life for another. 


 The Coast Guard hymn, “Eternal Father, Lord of Hosts,” used to conclude every chapel service at the Academy, was written in 1955 by CWO George H. Jenks, Jr., USCG; and has become the personal prayer of many a Coast Guardsman ever since.  Chief Warrant Officer Jenks was serving as the bandmaster of the Coast Guard and the originator and director of cadet musical activities at the Academy at the time the hymn was written.  The hymn, while used throughout the Coast Guard, was not printed in any hymnal until the publication of the Book of Worship for United States Forces in 1974.  In that hymnal it is included as stanza 10 of hymn number 196, “Eternal Father, Strong to Save.”

Last Modified 1/12/2016