The Silent Service (military drama)

    (Syndicated, 1957)

    [Episodes of this series about the U.S. Naval Submarine service 
     during World War II were introduced by a retired Rear Admiral 
     Thomas M. Dykers;

     Although the stories were dramatizations, they were based upon 
     true events; in fact at the end of each episode an actual
     participant was interviewed about the events; NBC Films
     got the full cooperation of the U.S. Navy in filming the
     series which lasted for 78 episodes (3 seasons)]

Theme: "Eternal Father, Strong To Save (The Navy Hymn)"

    [aka: "Melita";
     aka: "Silent Service Cues" arranged by Dave Kahn;

     The official Navy Hymn "Eternal Father, Strong To Save" 
     was sung by a mens chorus; 

     The words of this ode were originally written in 1860 by a
     Church of England Clergyman -- William Whiting -- after
     he survived a stormy perilous voyage on the Mediterranean 
     Sea; In 1861 the words were found to have the same meter, 
     and were set to a previous hymn, composed by the Episcopal 
     Clergyman J. B. Dykes -- a hymn tune he had called "Melita" 
     (the ancient name for the Island of Malta);

     Dykes was also co-composer of a number of famous Christian 
     hymns including "Holy, Holy, Holy", "Lead Kindly Light", 
     "Jesus, Lover of My Soul" and "Nearer, My God, to Thee";

     In 1879 the choir director of the mens chorus at the Naval
     Academy at Annapolis initiated the practice of beginning
     each service by singing the first chorus of this hymn; and
     so began a Navy tradition;

     Although the words have been changed over the years since
     it first was published in Protestant hymnals, it has been
     a familiar traditional hymn for decades.
     Omar Music Company was the publisher of the cues for this
     series, which presumably contained any adaptation of the
     THEME that was used.

     Composers: music by Rev. John Bacchus ("J. B.") Dykes (predates ASCAP & BMI) and
                lyric by William Whiting (predates ASCAP & BMI)

     1978 Publisher: Omar Music Co. (ASCAP)

     2001 Publisher: Omar Music Company (ASCAP),
                        of New York, NY

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