This hymn was used for Vespers on Mondays in Ordinary Time in the Paris Breviary (1736). This is the original text of the hymn from John Chandler’s 1837 Hymns of the Primitive Church.
When storms and tempests o’er us roll,
Our hope is in the skies;
To thee, oh God, our anxious soul
And earnest prayers arise.
Thou, Father, dost thine aid afford,
Before the prayer is made,
In all our weakness, gracious Lord,
Thy strength is full display’d.
The sufferings that our souls oppress,
Thy mightier hand shall cure,
And thine avenging arm redress
The wrongs we now endure.
Oh, then, what full success shall smile
On all our labours past!
Who would not gladly weep awhile
To reap such joys at last!
To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
One mighty God of Heaven,
All glory by the angel host,
And saints on earth, be given. Amen.
Words: Fr. Charles Coffin, 1736; tr. John Chandler, 1837.
Tune: “St. Etheldreda” Thomas Turton, 1780-1864.
**Note: Rev. Chandler did not translate the fourth verse of the Latin text.
The original Latin text of this hymn may be found here.