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What though my joys and comfort die?
The Lord my savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.

(My Life Flows On In Endless Song)

The gospel ship Zion

Over the waters gallantly sailing

Author: Mrs. C. H. Morris
Tune: [Over the waters gallantly sailing]
Published in 9 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

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]

Source: The Old Story in Song #60

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: Over the waters gallantly sailing
Title: The gospel ship Zion
Author: Mrs. C. H. Morris
Refrain First Line: Hasten on board the gospel ship Zion



Instances (1 - 9 of 9)

Glorious Gospel Hymns #d445

Joyful Songs of Salvation #d73

Songs for the Soul Winner #d78

Songs of Praise and Power #d231

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Sunday School and Revival #193

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The Finest of the Wheat No. 3 #134

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The Old Story in Song #60

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The Old Story in Song Number Two #60

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Triumphant Praises #100

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