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Man the lifeboat quick, my brother

Man the lifeboat quick, my brother

Author: John R. Clements
Tune: [Man the life-boat! quick, my brother]
Published in 5 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

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.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11208

Author: John R. Clements

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Man the lifeboat quick, my brother
Author: John R. Clements
Refrain First Line: Away, away, God's Spirit speed you



The Cyber Hymnal #11208
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)


Instances (1 - 1 of 1)

The Cyber Hymnal #11208

Include 4 pre-1979 instances
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