Scripture Verse

An anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast. Hebrews 6:19

Introduction

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William P. Breed
1816–1889

Words: Will­iam P. Breed, in Songs of Glad­ness, by John E. Gould (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Gar­rigues Bro­thers, 1869).

Music: John E. Gould (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John E. Gould
1821–1875

Lyrics

Tossing on the bil­low,
Rocking in the blast,
Sickening on the pil­low,
Verging to­ward the last.

Refrain

While the tem­pest rag­es,
To the Rock of Ag­es,
I am an­chored fast;
While the tem­pest rages,
To the Rock of Ag­es,
I am an­chored fast.

Skies all clad in sa­ble,
Storm clouds scud­ding past,
Clinging to the ca­ble,
I am an­chored fast.

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Gone each earth­ly trea­sure,
Cut away each mast,
Vanished earth­ly plea­sure,
Still I’m an­chored fast.

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Sorrows mul­ti­ply­ing,
Prospects ov­er­cast,
Weeping, groan­ing, sigh­ing,
Still I’m an­chored fast.

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Swiftly to my grave-bed,
I am mak­ing haste!
Trembling ’neath the death-dread,
Still I’m an­chored fast.

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