He was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, Lord, save me!@Matthew 14:29-31

J. E. French, in Songs for All, by John J. Wicker (Philadelphia/New York: Hall-Mack, 1906), number 10 (🔊 pdf nwc).

I was wrecked on a rocky and desolate shore,
Sinking slowly beneath the wild sea;
When all of my struggles and efforts were o’er,
Christ threw out the lifeline to me.

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He threw out the lifeline to me,
He threw out the lifeline to me,
From Calvary’s tree,
Far over the sea,
Christ threw out the lifeline to me.

The billows were dashing, the waves rolling high,
No help from the land could I see,
When hope had all vanished and danger was nigh,
Christ threw out the lifeline to me.

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When all was confusion midst dark billows’ roll,
No light thro’ the gloom could I see,
By trusting Him fully He rescued my soul,
Christ threw out the lifeline to me.

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And now as I wander I sing as I go,
His mercy is boundless and free,
And tell the glad story, that others may know,
Christ threw out the lifeline to me.

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Your sins like the billows around you may rise,
And dangers your frail bark pursue,
There’s One who will heed you and hear your faint cries,
He’ll throw out the lifeline to you.

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