Scripture Verse

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

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Introduction

Words: Willi­am J. Co­ni­ver, in Our Praise in Song, ed­it­ed by John Swe­ney, Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick & Hen­ry L. Gil­mour (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1893), num­ber 81.

Music: John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Co­ni­ver’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

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John R. Sweney
1837–1899

Lyrics

Tho’ waves dash around me,
No dan­ger I fear;
A bright star is shin­ing,
Life’s ocean to cheer;
I heed not the bil­lows,
For still I can sing;
The cross is my an­chor,
And there will I cling.

Refrain

There will I cling,
There will I cling;
The cross is my an­chor,
And there I will cling;
Oh, soon in the har­bor
At rest I will sing;
The cross is my an­chor,
And Je­sus my king.

Tho’ waves dash around me,
And loud thun­ders roll,
The Lord is the re­fuge
And strength of my soul;
I dread not the tem­pest,
For still I can sing,
The cross is my an­chor,
And there will I cling.

Refrain

Tho’ waves dash around me,
And wild is the gale,
Tho’ spars may be brok­en
And shat­tered the sail,
No storms can ap­pall me,
For still I can sing,
The cross is my a­nchor,
And there will I cling.

Refrain

Tho’ waves dash around me,
Yet, onward I go,
Since Je­sus has pro­mised
They shall not o’er­flow;
I smile at their rag­ing,
For still I can sing,
The cross is my an­chor,
And there will I cling.

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