Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.@Psalm 32:7
Theodore E. Perkins (1831–1912)

Fanny Crosby, in Sabbath Carols, 1868.

Theodore E. Perkins (🔊 pdf nwc).

When I was chorister in Mr. Moody’s Sunday school, on the north side of Chicago, we frequently used this hymn. On the memorable Sunday [in 1871] when the city was destroyed by fire, and I had made my escape in a small boat out into Lake Michigan, this song came to my mind, and as I sat there watching the city burn I sang [it].

Sankey, p. 134

Fanny Crosby (1820–1915)

Dark is the night, and cold the wind is blowing,
Nearer and nearer comes the breakers’ roar;
Where shall I go, or whither fly for refuge?
Hide me, my Father, till the storm is o’er.


With His loving hand to guide, let the clouds above me roll,
And the billows in their fury dash around me.
I can brave the wildest storm, with His glory in my soul,
I can sing amidst the tempest—Praise the Lord!

Dark is the night, but cheering is the promise,
He will go with me o’er the troubled wave;
Safe He will lead me through the pathless waters,
Jesus, the mighty One, and strong to save.


Dark is the night, but lo! the day is breaking,
Onward my bark, unfurl thy every sail,
Now at the helm I see my Father standing,
Soon will my anchor drop within the veil.