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Before me rolls life's restless

Before me rolls life's restless

Author: Lanta Wilson Smith
Tune: [Before me rolls life’s restless sea]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 Before me rolls life’s restless sea,
And down its shining strand
Relentless tides of passing days,
Sweep o’er its shifting sand.

But I am safe from all alarm,
From wave and tempest shock;
Securely hidden, safe from harm,
In Christ the mighty Rock.

2 When loud the threatening tempest roars,
And curling waves dash high,
Swift from the stern relentless storm,
To that blest Rock I fly. [Refrain]

3 When storms of sin sweep o’er the soul,
And tidal-waves of woe,
There is a refuge calm and sweet,
Secure from every foe. [Refrain]

Source: United Praise: for use in Sunday Schools, Young People's Societies and other Church Services #69

Author: Lanta Wilson Smith

Lanta Wilson Smith was born July 19, 1856 at Castine, Maine, and died October 19, 1939 at Taunton, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of a Methodist minister, William J. Wilson, and his wife Sedelia Follett. Her father belonged to the Maine, and later the East Maine Conferences from 1846 until 1866, when he with his family traveled in a covered wagon to the west, where he served as minister in Nebraska and Dakota. Later he returned to New England and founded out his sixty-four years in the ministry at an appointment in Hingham, Massachusetts. From her early childhood Lanta sang and played the organ in church and Sunday school wherever her father was located. When seventeen she attended Bucksport Seminary, Maine, where she received som… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Before me rolls life's restless
Author: Lanta Wilson Smith
Refrain First Line: But I am safe from all alarm