1 Over the waters gallantly sailing,
Rideth the good ship, trusted and true;
Millions on board are shipping for glory,
See they are beck’ning, calling for you.
Hasten on board the gospel ship Zion,
Brave is her Captain, trusty her crew,
Millions have landed safely in glory
Now they are watching, waiting for you;
Make no delaying, quickly obeying,
Trust the old ship, she’ll carry you through.
2 Broad are her decks and staunch are her timbers,
Tempest and waves can never o’erwhelm;
Built to withstand the billows and breakers,
Steady the hand that holdeth the helm. [Refrain]
3 Multitudes now have reached the blest harbor
Rescued from shipwreck, safe on that shore,
Still the old ship is gallantly sailing,
Bearing her shouting multitudes o’er. [Refrain]
4 Driven and tossed on life’s troubled waters,
Signal to Christ across ocean’s foam;
He is the Captain of our salvation,
Ready to save and pilot us home. [Refrain]
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."
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