Jesus stretched forth His hand and caught him. Matthew 14:31
[Rounseville Wildman, American Consul General to Hong Kong] and family who went down with the steamship Rio de Janeirio [sic], Feb. 24, 1901, while entering the Golden Gate, San Francisco, might have been saved had they hastened into the lifeboat. But while they waited to secure some valuables, the ship went down and they were lost.
Grateful Praise, by William J. Kirkpatrick & Henry L. Gilmour (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Hall-Mack, 1902), number 87
Are you wrecked upon life’s ocean?
Loud the waves about you roar,
Still there’s hope, you need not perish,
You may reach the heav’nly shore.
Take the lifeboat, take the lifeboat,
See, the Savior holding out a helping hand.
Wait no longer, take the lifeboat,
Start today for Heaven’s bright and happy land.
Linger not for earthly treasures,
Yonder lies the land of gold;
Friends and loved ones there are waiting,
There are joys for you untold.
Precious souls, like you, have lingered,
Time enough, they gaily said;
Ere the morrow they had perished,
They are numbered with the dead.
Take the lifeboat, you are sinking,
Do not wait a moment more;
This may be your final offer,
Hasten now for yonder shore.