Scripture Verse

Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9

Introduction

Words: Jon­a­than Law­rence, Jr., 1830.

Music: Christ­mas Song Karl P. Har­ring­ton, 1904 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Karl P. Harrington
(1861–1953)

The fol­low­ing lines are found­ed up­on the lit­tle sto­ry said to have been re­lat­ed by the late Dr. Good­man, of the ship boy, who was about to fall from the rig­ging, and was on­ly saved by the mate’s imp­res­sive ex­cla­ma­tion, Look aloft, you lub­ber!

Lyrics

In the tempest of life,
When the wave and the gale
Are around and above,
If thy footing should fail,
If thine eye should grow dim,
And thy caution depart,
Look aloft! and be firm,
And be fearless of heart.

If the friend who embraced
In prosperity’s glow,
With a smile for each joy,
And a tear for each woe,
Should betray thee, when sorrows
Like clouds are arrayed,
Look aloft to the friendship
Which never shall fade.

Should the visions which hope
Spreads in light to thine eye,
Like the tints of the rainbow,
But brighten to fly,
Then turn, and through tears
Of repentant regret,
Look aloft to the sun
That is never to set.

Should the dearest of earth,
The son of thy heart,
The wife of thy bosom
In sorrow depart,
Look aloft from the darkness
And dust of the tomb,
To that soil where affection
Is ever in bloom.

And oh, when death comes
In his terrors to cast,
His fears on the future,
Iis pall on the past,
In that moment of darkness,
With hope in thy heart,
And a smile in thine eye,
Look aloft and depart.