William Whiting (poet)

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William Whiting (November 1, 1825 – May 3, 1878) was an English writer and hymnist, best known for his 1860 hymn Eternal Father, Strong to Save (often called "The Navy Hymn", used by the Royal Navy for church services and later adopted by the USN).

He was born in Kensington, England, and educated at Chapham and Winchester College. Because of his musical ability, he became master of Winchester College Choristers' School. While best known for Eternal Father, Strong to Save, Whiting also published two poetry collections: Rural Thoughts (1851) and Edgar Thorpe, or the Warfare of Life (1867). He died at Winchester.

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