Scripture Verse

Jesus stretched forth His hand and caught him. Matthew 14:31

Introduction

Words: Har­ri­et B. Spoor, 1902.

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

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portrait
William J. Kirkpatrick
(1838–1921)

[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

Lyrics

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.

Refrain

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.

Refrain

Precious souls, like you, have lingered,
Time enough, they gaily said;
Ere the morrow they had perished,
They are numbered with the dead.

Refrain

Take the lifeboat, you are sinking,
Do not wait a moment more;
This may be your final offer,
Hasten now for yonder shore.

Refrain