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Many souls on life's dark ocean

Representative Text

1 Many souls on life's dark ocean,
Without helm, or sail, or oar,
Struggling with the waves' commotion,
Seek a quiet rest on shore.
Christian brother, join to labor,
By the light of love divine;
Help to save thy drowning neighbor;
Trim thy lamp and let it shine.

Haste! to the rescue,
Fear not wind or wave;
God's grace will aid you
Sinking ones to save.

2 See the lighthouse watcher, keeping
Every beacon shining bright;
Waking while the world is sleeping;
Wrapt in thickest shades of night.
There is many an ocean ranger
Toss'd upon the dreadful shoals;
Friends and comrades are in danger,
Haste to save their precious souls. [Chorus]

3 Hold the light for one another;
'Tis thy loving Lord's command;
Seize the shipwreck'd, drowning brother
With a manly, loving hand.
Rouse him up to life and action;
Quick apply the means to save;
And by love's divine attraction,
Lift him, lift him from the wave. [Chorus]

4 Lift the light up higher, higher!
Thousands, thousands need your aid;
Throw its flashes nigher, nigher;
Plead and urge, constrain, persuade,
Borrow torches from the altar,
Blazing like the noonday sun;
Hold them up, nor flag, nor falter,
Till thou hear the words, "Well done."

Source: The Golden Sheaf: a collection of choice hymns and songs especially designed for Sunday schools, loyal worker's meetings, prayer and social services (Enl. ed.) #64

Author: William Hunter

Hunter, William, D.D, son of John Hunter, was born near Ballymoney, County Antrim, Ireland, May 26, 1811. He removed to America in 1817, and entered Madison College in 1830. For some time he edited the Conference Journal, and the Christian Advocate. In 1855 he was appointed Professor of Hebrew in Alleghany College: and subsequently Minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, at Alliance, Stark Country, Ohio. He died in 1877. He edited Minstrel of Zion, 1845; Select Melodies, 1851; and Songs of Devotion, 1859. His hymns, over 125 in all, appeared in these works. Some of these have been translated into various Indian languages. The best known are :— 1. A home in heaven; what a joyful thought. Heaven a Home. From his Minstrel of Zion, 1… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Many souls on life's dark ocean
Author: William Hunter
Refrain First Line: Hold the light up higher



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Dew Drops of Sacred Song #16

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Gospel in Song #14

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Joy to the World #58

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Joyful Greeting #74

Kingdom of Song for the Sunday School #d87

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Songs for Worship #112

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Songs of Redeeming Love (No. 2) #19

The Canadian Hymnal #d190

The Canadian Hymnal #d227

The Canadian Hymnal #d226

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The Emory Hymnal #44

The Golden Sheaf #d54

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The Golden Sheaf #64

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The Gospel Singer #121

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