Scripture Verse

The just shall live by faith. Romans 1:17

Introduction

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Augustus M. Toplady
1740–1778
© National Portrait Gallery

Words: Au­gus­tus M. Top­la­dy, in the Gos­pel Ma­ga­zine, 1772.

Music: Sel­vin Lo­well Ma­son (1792–1872) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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Lowell Mason
1792–1872

Lyrics

If, on a quiet sea,
Toward Heaven we calmly sail,
With grateful hearts, O God, to Thee,
We’ll own the favoring gale,
With grateful hearts, O God, to Thee,
We’ll own the favoring gale.

But should the surges rise,
And rest delay to come,
Blest be the tempest, kind the storm,
Which drives us nearer home,
Blest be the tempest, kind the storm,
Which drives us nearer home.

Soon shall our doubts and fears
All yield to Thy control;
Thy tender mercies shall illume
The midnight of the soul,
Thy tender mercies shall illume
The midnight of the soul.

Teach us, in every state,
To make Thy will our own;
And when the joys of sense depart,
To live by faith alone,
And when the joys of sense depart,
To live by faith alone.