Scripture Verse

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6:19

Introduction

Words: Fran­cis A. Sim­kins, in Glad Hal­le­lu­jahs, ed­it­ed by John R. Swe­ney & Will­iam Kirk­pat­rick (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Tho­mas T. Tas­ker, Sr., 1887), num­ber 85.

Music: Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Sim­kins (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
William J. Kirkpatrick
(1838–1921)

Lyrics

Dark are the waters before me—
Loud is the voice of the gale;
Storm cloud and tempest are o’er me,
Boatman! O list to my hail.

Refrain

Carry me over the tide,
Dark are the waters,
And deep and wide;
Yonder, just over the sea,
My mansion is waiting for me.

Onward I move o’er the waters,
Lurid the lightning’s fierce glare,
Angry the surges beneath me—
Boatman! lo, danger is there.

Refrain

Peril is in the dark waters—
Safety beyond the deep wave;
Father! O let me not perish—
Thou who art mighty to save.

Refrain

Ah, when the voyage is over,
There, on that beautiful shore,
Safely beyond the dark waters,
Joy shall be mine evermore.

Refrain