Scripture Verse

The ship was…in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves…Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea…when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear…Jesus spoke to them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. Matthew 14:24–27

Introduction

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James H. Fillmore, Sr. (1849–1936)

Words: Pe­ter Vo­gel, in The Chil­dren’s Hal­le­lu­jah, ed­it­ed by James H. Ro­se­crans & James Fill­more (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Fill­more Bro­thers, 1886), page 53.

Music: Mai­du­gu­ri James H. Fill­more, Sr., 1886 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Vo­gel (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Lyrics

When the waves in ter­ror rolled,
All in help­less graves t’en­fold,
Then the Lord of Life drew nigh,
Saying calm­ly, It is I;
It is I, be not afraid,
I whose might cre­ation made.

When the world in hat­red strong,
Rages on thee oft and long,
Let the Lord of Life draw nigh,
Speaking calm­ly, It is I;
It is I, be not afraid,
I who ren­der time­ly aid.

When our na­tures, prone to sin,
Roll in pass­ions fierce with­in,
Lord of Life, do Thou draw nigh,
Speak the sol­ace—It is I;
It is I, be not afraid,
I who help you when dis­mayed.