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The Spacefarers’ Stanza

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm has bound the restless wave,
Who bade the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea.

— William Whiting, 1825-78


Almighty Ruler of us all
Whose power extends to great and small,
Who guides the stars with steadfast law,
Whose least creation fills with awe;
Oh, grant Thy mercy and Thy grace
To those who venture into space.

— Robert A. Heinlein, “Ordeal in Space” (1948),
in Green Hills of Earth