1 O Zion, afflicted with wave upon wave,
Whom no man can comfort, whom no man can save;
With darkness surrounded, by terrors dismay'd,
In toiling and rowing, thy strength is decay'd.
2 Loud roaring, the billows now nigh o’erwhelm,
But skilful’s the Pilot who sits at the helm;
His wisdom conducts thee, His power thee defends;
In safety and quiet thy warfare He ends.
3 "O fearful! O faithless!" in mercy He cries;
“My promise, my truth, are they small in thine eyes?
Still, still I am with thee, my promise shall stand;
Through tempest and tossing I’ll bring thee to land."
Grant, James, born probably in Edinburgh, but date unknown, and d. there on Jan. 1st, 1785. An ironmonger by trade, he carried on his business in West Bow, Edinburgh. From 1746 to 1752 he held several offices of importance in the Town Council of Edinburgh. Amongst several works of benevolence which received his aid the Orphan Hospital in Edinburgh was specially favoured, and to it the profits of the 1st and 2nd ed. of his Hymns, &c, were given. Those hymns and poems were mainly written to popular Scottish melodies, and were published as:—
Original Hymns and Poems, written by a Private Christian for his own use, and Published at the earnest desire of Friends, Edinburgh, 1784. (2nd ed., 1820, 3rd a reprint by D. Sedgwick, Lond., 1862.)
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Display Title: O Zion, Afflicted with Wave upon WaveFirst Line: O Zion, afflicted with wave upon waveTune Title: ST. DENIOAuthor: James GrantMeter: 184.108.40.206Source: Original Hymns and Poems, Written by a Private Christian for His Own Use, and Published at the Earnest Desire of Friends (Edinburgh, Scotland: 1784), number 16