When, in the mid-sea of the night,
I waken at thy call, O Lord, The first that troop my bark aboard
Are darksome imps that hate the light, Whose tongues are arrows, eyes a blight--
Of wraths and cares a pirate horde-- Though on the mid-sea of the night
It was thy call that waked me, Lord.
Then I must to my arms and fight--
Catch up my shield and two-edged sword, The words of him who is thy word--
Nor cease till they are put to flight; Then in the mid-sea of the night
I turn and listen for thee, Lord.