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Soul, on sin's wild ocean

Soul, on sin's wild ocean

Author: James Rowe
Tune: [Soul, on sin's wild ocean going]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 Soul, on sin’s wild ocean going
Swiftly on to doom,
See, the warning light is glowing
Clearly through the gloom!

Steer for home! Steer for home!
Drift, O drift no more;
Loving voices bid thee come;
Steer for the homeward shore!

2 Why, for but a sinful leisure,
Miss the happy goal?
Why, for but an earthly pleasure,
Lose thy precious soul? [Refrain]

3 Sure destruction is before thee,
Rock, and swamping wave!
Soon the breakers will be o’er thee,
Then no hand can save. [Refrain]

4 Brother, see, the night is falling!
Haste, to safety come!
Jesus pleadingly is calling:
Steer, O steer for home! [Refrain]

Source: Revival Hymns: a Collection of New and Standard Hymns for Gospel and social meetings, Sunday schools and Young People's Societies #23

Author: James Rowe

Pseudonym: James S. Apple. James Rowe was born in England in 1865. He served four years in the Government Survey Office, Dublin Ireland as a young man. He came to America in 1890 where he worked for ten years for the New York Central & Hudson R.R. Co., then served for twelve years as superintendent of the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society. He began writing songs and hymns about 1896 and was a prolific writer of gospel verse with more than 9,000 published hymns, poems, recitations, and other works. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Soul, on sin's wild ocean
Author: James Rowe
Refrain First Line: Steer for home