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I was drifting away on life's pitiless sea

I was drifting away on life's pitiless sea

Author: Mary J. Cartwright
Tune: [I was drifting away on life's pitiless sea]
Published in 21 hymnals

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1. I was drifting away on life’s pitiless sea,
And the angry waves threatened my ruin to be,
When away at my side, there I dimly descried,
A stately old vessel, and loudly I cried:
Ship ahoy! Ship ahoy!
And loudly I cried: Ship ahoy!

2. ’Twas the old ship of Zion, thus sailing along,
All aboard her seemed joyous, I heard their sweet song;
And the captain’s kind ear, ever ready to hear,
Caught my wail of distress, as I cried out in fear:
Ship ahoy! Ship ahoy!
As I cried out in fear: Ship ahoy!

3. The good captain commanded a boat to be low’red,
And with tender compassion He took me on board;
And I’m happy today, all my sins washed away
In the blood of my Savior, and now I can say:
Bless the Lord! Bless the Lord!
From my soul I can say: Bless the Lord!

4. O soul, sinking down ’neath sin’s merciless wave,
The strong arm of our captain is mighty to save;
Then trust Him today, no longer delay,
Board the old ship of Zion, and shout on your way:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Shout and sing on your way: Jesus saves!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #5068

Author: Mary J. Cartwright

Late 19th Century Go to person page >

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First Line: I was drifting away on life's pitiless sea
Author: Mary J. Cartwright
Copyright: Public Domain

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The Cyber Hymnal #5068
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Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #473

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The Cyber Hymnal #5068

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