The Haven of Rest

My soul in sad exile was out on life's sea

Author: Henry L. Gilmour (1890)
Tune: [My soul in sad exile was out on life's sea]
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1 My soul in sad exile was out on life’s sea,
So burdened with sin and distrest,
Till I heard a sweet voice saying, “Make me your choice;”
And I entered the “Haven of Rest!”

I’ve anchored my soul in the “Haven of Rest,”
I’ll sail the wide seas no more;
The tempest may sweep over wild, stormy deep,
In Jesus I’m safe evermore.

2 I yielded myself to His tender embrace,
And faith taking hold of the Word,
My fetters fell off, and I anchored my soul;
The “Haven of Rest” is the Lord. (Refrain)

3 The song of my soul, since the Lord made me whole,
Has been the old story so blest,
Of Jesus, who’ll save whosoever will have
A home in the “Haven of Rest!” (Refrain)

4 How precious the thought that we all may recline,
Like John the beloved and blest,
On Jesus’ strong arm, where no tempest can harm,
Secure in the “Haven of Rest!” (Refrain)

5 Oh, come to the Savior, He patiently waits
To save by His power divine;
Come, anchor your soul in the “Haven of Rest,”
And say, “My Beloved is mine.” (Refrain)

Source: Sing Joyfully #489

Author: Henry L. Gilmour

Born: January 19, 1836, Londonderry, Ireland. Died: May 20, 1920, Delair, New Jersey, after a buggy accident. Buried: Wenonah Cemetery, Mantua Township, New Jersey. Gilmour emigrated to America as a teenager. He started working as a painter, then served in the American civil war, where he was captured and spent several months in Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia. After the war, he became a dentist. In 1869, he moved to Wenonah, New Jersey, and helped found the Wenonah Methodist Church in 1885. For four decades, he directed the choir at the Pitman Grove Camp Meeting, and worked at camp meetings and revivals in Mountain Lake Park, Maryland, and Ridgeview Park, Pennsylvania. His works include: The Silver Trumpet, with Kelso Carter (… Go to person page >

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First Line: My soul in sad exile was out on life's sea
Title: The Haven of Rest
Author: Henry L. Gilmour (1890)
Meter: with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: I've anchored my soul in the haven of rest
Copyright: Public Domain



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A Messenger for Jesus #d201
A. M. E. C. Hymnal #374
Alexander's Male Choir #56Page Scan
Assembly Songs #77
Banner of Love Songs #d105
Baptist Hymnal 1956 #228
Baptist Hymnal 1975 #d277
Bells of Heaven: a Choice Collection of Hymns and Tunes "New and Old" #d216
Best Hymns: from all the books and new ones to be made the best: selections from over one hundred of our best hymn writers #69Page Scan
Best of All Number 2 #d102
Best Revival Songs #d75
Billows of Praise #d144
Blackwood Brothers' Gospel Songs Collection #d10
Blessed Assurance #d93
Calvary's Praises #111Page Scan
Camp Meeting Songs, a Collection of Gospel Songs ... #d86
Choice Collections #d123
Choice Hymns of the Faith #d270
Choruses for Christian Youth [6th edition] #d47
Christ in Song #d369
Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #211TextPage Scan
Christian Hymnal, a Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs Suitable for Use in Public Worship #d334
Christian Hymns III #d232
Christian Praise #d232
Christian Service Songs #270
Church and Sunday School Hymnal, a Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs ... [with Deutscher Anhang] #125Page Scan
Church Hymnal #344b
Church Hymnal, Mennonite: a Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs ... 1st ed. [with Deutscher Anhang] #530
Church Hymnal, Mennonite: a Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs. 7th ed. #d347
Church Service Hymns #d213
Coleman's Songs for Men #d85
Complete Christian Hymnal #d128
Cross and Crown Hymnal, 3rd ed. #d265
Crowning Day, No. 6: A Book of Gospel Songs #184Page Scan
Crowning glory no. 2: a collection of gospel hymns #106Page Scan
Crowning Glory: revised for use in the church, evangelistic meetings, Sunday school, young people's societies, and the home #106Page Scan
Crowns of Rejoicing #d161
Crusade for Christ Melodies #d30
Crusade for Christ Songs #d77
Crusade Songs #108Page Scan
Devotional Hymns #d161
Devotional Hymns #d163
Devotional Hymns #ad163
Edward MacHugh's Treasury of Gospel Hymns and Poems #41Page Scan
Encore: a Collection of Tried and Proven Songs #d106
Epworth Praises: a Collection of Popular Sacred Songs New and Old #d138
Evangel Bells #d68
Evangelistic Hymns #d117
Evangelistic Hymns No. 2 #d115
Exposition Choruses #d11
Fair as the Morning. Hymns and Tunes for Praise in the Sunday-School #153Page Scan
Favorite Hymns and Choruses #d64
Favorite Hymns No. 2 #d155
Favorite Hymns of Praise #244TextPage Scan
Foursquare Favorites #d109
Foursquare Hymnal #d203
Free Will Baptist Hymn Book #d201
Full Gospel Songs #125Page Scan
Gems of Gospel Songs #3Page Scan
Gems of Grace and Glory #d72
Glad Gospel Songs #45Page Scan
Glad Tidings #d77
Glorious Freedom : Gospel Songs and Hymns for Congregational Singing #76
Glorious Gospel Hymns #180
Glory Gleams #d150
Good News in Song. Rev. ed. #d124
Gospel Crusade Hymns #d80
Gospel Hosannas A Choice Collection of Hymns and Tunes for use in Evangelistic, Brotherhood and Mission Meetings, Sunday School, Etc. #108Page Scan
Gospel Hosannas: for church and Sabbath school, young people's services and evangelistic meetings #160Page Scan
Gospel Hymnal #d214
Gospel Light #d186
Gospel Melodies #d137
Gospel Quintet Songs #d128
Gospel Rays #d166
Gospel Searchlight Songs: a Book of Selected Gospel Hymns of the World's Greatest Composers #d118
Gospel Song-Gems No.1 #170Page Scan
Gospel Songs of Inspiration #d76
Great Hymns of the Faith #270
Great Revival Hymns #77Page Scan
Greatest and Lasting Hymns #d209
Hallelujah Songs #d99
Heart Cheering Songs: for use in evangelistic and young peoples' meetings, Sunday schools, etc. #66Page Scan
Home Gospel Songs #d136
Hymn Book of the United Evangelical Church #660Page Scan
Hymn-Songs: for use in the Sunday school, young people's meeting, the church and home #170Page Scan
Hymnal for American Sunday Schools #d94
Hymnal, a Teacher's Manual. Vol. 1 #d73
Hymnal, Church of the Brethren #d267
Hymns for Praise and Service #181Page Scan
Hymns for the Family of God #101
Hymns for the People for Services of Song in Christian Work #d117
Hymns of Faith #319TextPage Scan
Hymns of Glorious Praise #d258
Hymns of Glory No. 2 #d150
Hymns of Pentecost #124Page Scan
Hymns of Praise: for the Church and Sunday School #76Page Scan
Hymns of the Christian Life #d269
Hymns of the Christian Life. Rev. ed. #d299
Hymns of the Christian Life. Rev. ed. #d302
Hymns of the Comforter #13Page Scan


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