Scripture Verse

He silenced the storm and stilled its waves…and He guided them to their desired harbor. Psalm 107:29–30

Introduction

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Charles H. Gabriel
1856–1932

Words: John R. Cle­ments, 1910. This song was sug­gest­ed by the sink­ing of the steam­er Ci­ty of Rio de Ja­nie­ro in hea­vy fog at the Gol­den Gate, San Fran­cis­co, Ca­li­for­nia, Febr­ua­ry 22, 1901.

Music: Charles H. Ga­bri­el (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John R. Clements
1868–1946

Lyrics

Lost in sight of the harbor,
Not on the trackless deep;
Not where ocean is blackest,
Nor where the wild winds sweep.

Refrain

But lost in sight of the harbor;
Lost for the want of a hand;
Strong and certain and steadfast,
To pilot safe to the land.

Lost in sight of the harbor,
The days of sailing past,
In a few more brief moments,
The shore lines might be cast.

Refrain

Lost in sight of the harbor,
The shore bells ringing clear,
Their sweet chimes the last music
That many a soul shall hear.

Refrain

Lost in sight of the harbor,
Wrecked by the fogs of sin,
Some poor soul ship that’s sailing,
Can never enter in.

Refrain

Lost in sight of the harbor,
Lost, what a word of woe;
Choose the only sure Pilot,
Who all the way doth know.

Then safe you’ll rest in the harbor;
Safe by the skill of a hand,
Strong and certain and steadfast,
The Pilot to glory land.