The original hymn was written in 1860 by William Whiting, an Anglican churchman from Winchester, United Kingdom.
Whiting grew up near the ocean on the coasts of England, and at the age of thirty-five had felt his life spared by God when a violent storm nearly claimed the ship he was travelling on, instilling a belief in God's command over the rage and calm of the sea.
“Of course, she should be attractive to you, but do not just date one girl after another for the sole pleasure of dating without seeking the Lord’s confirmation in your choice of your eternal companion. “But in so doing, be humble and be prayerful, and the smiles of heaven will fall upon you” (“A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth,” Jan. “I do not worry about you young men who have recently returned from the mission field. It is your responsibility and opportunity, under the natural process of dating and courting, to find a wonderful companion and marry in the house of the Lord. ‘Marry in haste and repent at leisure’ is an old proverb that still has meaning in our time.Now all three terms are also used for markers placed at the head of the grave.Some graves in the 18th century also contained footstones to demarcate the foot end of the grave.The stele (plural stelae), as it is called in an archaeological context, is one of the oldest forms of funerary art.Originally, a tombstone was the stone lid of a stone coffin, or the coffin itself, and a gravestone was the stone slab that was laid over a grave.Further, drowning in the Red Sea was the easy way out.It was far more humiliating for Thutmoses III to have to travel back to a destroyed Egypt WITHOUT his army to face his people.This sometimes developed into full kerb sets that marked the whole perimeter of the grave.Footstones were rarely annotated with more than the deceased's initials and year of death, and sometimes a memorial mason and plot reference number.As headmaster of the Winchester College Choristers' School some years later, he was approached by a student about to travel to the United States, who confided in Whiting an overwhelming fear of the ocean voyage.Whiting shared his experiences of the ocean, wrote the hymn to "anchor his faith".