Scripture Verse

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore. John 21:4


Words: Sa­die H. Leach, in The Cen­tu­ry Gos­pel Songs, ed­it­ed by Pe­ter Bil­horn (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Bil­horn Bro­thers, 1901), num­ber 147.

Music: Mün­ster Fred De­gen, ar­ranged by Pe­ter P. Bil­horn (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Leach’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of her (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Peter P. Bilhorn


Are you weary with your sorrowing?
Scarcely strength to lift an oar?
Christ with pity sees your toiling:
He is standing on the shore.


Are you weary with your rowing?
Are you weary at the oar?
Lift your eyes and be encouraged:
Christ is standing on the shore.

Do the clouds seem dark with shadows,
That you fain would see no more?
Have you lost that gleaming halo
From the Christ upon the shore?


Are the waters dashing harder
’Gainst your boat than e’er before?
Lift your eyes above the billows:
Christ still stands upon the shore.


Oh, remember that in fullness
Christ can perfect peace restore;
In whatever sea of trouble,
Still He standeth on the shore.