He said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net broke.@Luke 5:46

James B. Mackay, in The Finest of the Wheat No. 2, by John Sweney et al. (Chicago, Illinois: Robert R. McCabe, 1894).

John R. Sweney (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John R. Sweney (1837-1899)

Have you toiled all night near the shore in vain?
Push away from the shore, launch out;
Where the flood is deep cast your nets again.
Push away from the shore, launch out;
There a blessing waits for your souls to take,
Haste away from the barren strand;
Toil no more in vain where the surges break;
Launch out is your Lord’s command.

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Launch out, launch out,
Push away from the shore, launch out;
God’s grace flows free, like a mighty sea,
And the Master calls, Launch out.

Have your souls grown faint with the vigil long?
Push away from the shore, launch out;
Put your trust in Christ, He will make you strong,
Push away from the shore, launch out;
Be no more content with a meager share
From your Father’s abundant store;
Ask Him largely now, He will hear your prayer;
And give till you want no more.

Refrain

Jesus bids today every weary soul,
Push away from the shore, launch out;
Hear His loving voice, He will make you whole,
Push away from the shore, launch out;
Leave the shore of sin with its shallowness,
It has nothing of life to give;
Look to Jesus now, who alone can save;
Launch out on His grace and live.

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