Scripture Verse

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6:19


Words: Fran­cis A. Sim­kins, in Glad Hal­le­lu­jahs, ed­it­ed by John R. Swe­ney & Will­iam Kirk­pat­rick (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Tho­mas T. Tas­ker, Sr., 1887), num­ber 85.

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

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Sim­kins (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

William J. Kirkpatrick (1838–1921)


Dark are the waters before me—
Loud is the voice of the gale;
Storm cloud and tempest are o’er me,
Boatman! O list to my hail.


Carry me over the tide,
Dark are the waters,
And deep and wide;
Yonder, just over the sea,
My mansion is waiting for me.

Onward I move o’er the waters,
Lurid the lightning’s fierce glare,
Angry the surges beneath me—
Boatman! lo, danger is there.


Peril is in the dark waters—
Safety beyond the deep wave;
Father! O let me not perish—
Thou who art mighty to save.


Ah, when the voyage is over,
There, on that beau­ti­ful shore,
Safely beyond the dark waters,
Joy shall be mine ev­er­more.