1 Man the life-boat! quick, my brother,
Send it speeding o’er the wave;
If you hasten to the rescue,
Some poor sailor you may save;
Sinking fast in sin’s dark waters,
Helpless ’mid the breakers high,
Man the life-boat! quick, oh, hasten,
To the rescue, ere they die.
2 Man the life-boat! to the rescue!
Hasten, hasten on your way;
With the beacon lights to guide you
From the wreck you cannot stray;
Speed away! the ship is sinking,
Go and work ’mid scenes of woe;
Man the life-boat, nerve for action!
To the rescue, brother, go.
3 Man the life-boat! struggling seamen
Battle now with raging wave;
See! they cling to spar and timber,
Precious lives your hand can save;
Leaps the angry surge about them,
As to drown their pleading cry;
Man the life-boat, flash your signal!
Let them know that help is nigh.
4 Man the life-boat! God will aid you;
Out across life’s storm tossed wave,
Wrecks the waters dark are strewing,
On them some whom you can save;
Carry quick the cups of comfort,
Pick them up in Jesus’ name;
Man the life-boat! rescue someone,
From the wreck some soul reclaim.
John R. Clements was born in County Armagh, Ireland 28 November 1868 and was brought to the United States at the age of two years. He worked at the age of thirteen as a retail grocery clerk and had a successful wholesale grocery business. He began writing poetry when he was young.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >