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Once upon the tide I drifted

Once upon the tide I drifted

Author: Johnson Oatman
Tune: [Once upon the tide I drifted]
Published in 9 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI, Recording

Representative Text

1 Once upon the tide I drifted,
With no guide to yonder shore;
But I’ve found a side once rifted,
Where I’m safe forevermore.

I am anchored, safely anchored,
Anchored never more to roam,
Anchored by the side of Jesus,
Anchored in the soul’s bright home.

2 Let the storms sweep o’er life’s ocean,
They can do me no more harm;
Anchored far from their commotion,
I am resting ’neath His arm. [Refrain]

3 Here my peace flows like a river,
Here my soul o’erflows with song;
Prayer and praises to the Giver,
Fill my glad heart all day long. [Refrain]

4 When this life below is ended,
I shall anchor on that shore;
Where my praises will be blended,
With ten thousand, thousand more. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11703

Author: Johnson Oatman

Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church. Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher. For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Once upon the tide I drifted
Author: Johnson Oatman
Refrain First Line: I am anchored, safely anchored
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #11703
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
Small Church Music #6483
  • PDF Score (PDF)


Instances (1 - 2 of 2)

Small Church Music #6483


The Cyber Hymnal #11703

Include 7 pre-1979 instances
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