Scripture Verse

They that go down to the sea in ships…they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Psalm 107:23, 28–29

Introduction

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Eliza E. Hewitt
(1851–1920)

Words: Eli­za E. Hew­itt, in The Voice of Praise, ed­it­ed by J. Lin­coln Hall, C. Aus­tin Miles & Ir­vin H. Mack (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Hall-Mack, 1904), num­ber 78.

Music: William A. Post (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Post (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Hall, would you ?

Lyrics

We’re sailing, sailing over life’s great sea,
And other ships are passing by;
The mighty Savior shall our captain be,
His star is shining in the sky.
But while in safety we may glide along,
Led by the Light that never fails,
O hear the cry that rises full and strong
From those who struggle with the gales.

Refrain

Ship ahoy! Hear the cry!
God save them, we fervently pray!
Ship ahoy! Hear the cry!
O haste to the rescue today!

Lift up the beacon that shall guide the lost
Unto the haven bright and fair;
O help the wand’ring and the tempest tossed,
That peace and shelter they may share.
O bring the shipwrecked to the Lifeboat true,
Our refuge in the wildest storm;
Sing out with gladness and with hope anew,
Our captain will His word perform.

Refrain

We’re sailing, sailing over life’s great sea,
And not alone our way we take;
For others, sailing, look to you and me!
O help them for the Master’s sake!
The polar star of mercy shines above,
Our anchor holds forever more;
And dear ones wait, with joyful songs of love,
To greet us on the golden shore.

Refrain