1 Man the life-boat! Man the life-boat!
Strong and short above the roar,
Sounds the order to the watchers
On the tempest beaten shore,
Hark! again the guns appealing!
Signals burn for swift relief;
There are men and wives and children,
Facing death, on yonder reef!
Man the life-boat! Man the life-boat!
Help, for Christ’s sake, them that drown!
In the peril of great waters,
Let them no go down!
2 Man the life-boat! Man the life-boat!
Fog and night and cruel sea,
All the odds of death against them,
And eternal jeopardy.
Thou, who bidd’st us dare the surges,
Stay us at the struggling oar!
Nay! go with us to the rescue!
Shall they sink in sight of shore? [Refrain]
3 Man the life-boat! Man the life-boat!
Courage, fellow men! ‘Tis He,
Guiding us to your deliv’rance,
Once that trod the Galilee!
Lo, the Church that carrieth Jesus,
Not death’s flood-gates shall o’erwhelm;
Scourging storms but urge us shoreward,
Life and Love are at the helm! [Refrain]
4 Man the life-boat! Man the life-boat!
Think how once on breaking deck
Thou didst stand aghast, Till Jesus
Brought thee from the lurching wreck.
To the oars then! O Redeemer
Let Thy heart throb thro’ our hand,
Till the souls in mortal danger,
Find thro’ Thee the solid land. [Refrain]
Stryker, Melancthon Woolsey, D.D., son of the Rev. Isaac Pierson Stryker, was born at Vernon, New York, Jan. 7, 1851, and educated at Hamilton College (1872) and Auburn Theological Seminary (1876). In 1876 he entered the Presbyterian ministry as Pastor at Auburn, New York. In 1878 he removed to Ithaca, N. Y.; in 1883 to Holyoke, Massachusetts, and in 1885 to Chicago, Illinois. He received his degree of D.D. from Hamilton College in 1889. He has edited Christian Chorals, 1885 ; New Alleluia, 1880-86; and Church Song, 1889. He was also joint editor with H. P. Main of The Church Praise Book, 1882. He has also published Hymns and Verses, 1883, and Song of Miriam, and Other Hymns and Verses,
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