On the ocean of life we are sailing

On the ocean of life we are sailing

Author: Mrs. C. H. Morris
Tune: [On the ocean of life we are sailing]
Published in 6 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 On the ocean of life we are sailing,
For the Canaan above we are bound;
We are certain the port to be gaining,
Since the heavenly Pilot we’ve found.

Pilot me, pilot me;
Take the helm in Thine own hand,
Bring my sinking bark to land;
Pilot me, pilot me;
Pilot me.

2 For He knows where the dangers are lurking,
Where the rocks and the hidden reefs lie;
We are safe tho’ the billows are breaking,
And the hungry waves dash mountains high. [Refrain]

3 Soon the haven our bark will be nearing,
The Jerusalem golden and fair;
Soon the lights of the city appearing,
Soon the home of the ransomed we’ll share. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11581

Author: Mrs. C. H. Morris

Lelia (Mrs. C.H.) Morris (1862-1929) was born in Pennsville, Morgan County, Ohio. When her family moved to Malta on the Muskingum River she and her sister and mother had a millinery shop in McConnelsville. She and her husband Charles H. Morris were active in the Methodist Episcopal Church and at the camp meetings in Sebring and Mt. Vernon. She wrote hymns as she did her housework. Although she became blind at age 52 she continued to write hymns on a 28-foot long blackboard that her family had built for her. She is said to have written 1000 texts and many tunes including "Sweeter as the years go by." Mary Louise VanDyke Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: On the ocean of life we are sailing
Author: Mrs. C. H. Morris
Refrain First Line: Pilot me, pilot me, take the helm
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #11581
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The Cyber Hymnal #11581

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