Scripture Verse

Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7


Theodore E. Perkins

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, in Sab­bath Ca­rols, ed­it­ed by The­o­dore Per­kins (New York: Brown & Per­kins, 1868), page 78.

Music: The­o­dore E. Per­kins (🔊 pdf nwc).

Fanny Crosby


When I was chor­is­ter in Mr. Moo­dy’s Sun­day school, on the north side of Chi­ca­go, we fre­quent­ly used this hymn. On the mem­or­a­ble Sun­day [in 1871] when the ci­ty was des­troyed by fire, and I had made my es­cape in a small boat out in­to Lake Mi­chi­gan, this song came to my mind, and as I sat there watch­ing the ci­ty burn I sang [it].

Sankey, p. 134


Dark is the night,
And cold the wind is blowing,
Nearer and nearer
Comes the breakers’ roar;
Where shall I go,
Or whither fly for refuge?
Hide me, my Father,
Till the storm is o’er.


With His loving hand to guide,
Let the clouds above me roll,
And the billows in their fury
Dash around me.
I can brave the wildest storm,
With His glory in my soul,
I can sing amidst the tempest—
Praise the Lord!

Dark is the night,
But cheering is the promise,
He will go with me
O’er the troubled wave;
Safe He will lead me
Through the pathless waters,
Jesus, the mighty One,
And strong to save.


Dark is the night,
But lo! the day is breaking,
Onward my bark,
Unfurl thy every sail,
Now at the helm I see
My Father standing,
Soon will my anchor
Drop within the veil.