The Lights of Home

Steersman, steersman, the channel's rough and dark

Author: Priscilla Owens
Tune: [Steersman, steersman, the channel's rough and dark]
Published in 12 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Steersman, steersman, the channel’s rough and dark,
The waves roll high, the winds sweep by,
Now whither speeds thy bark?
Now whither speeds thy bark?
Sailing, sailing, to reach a glorious home,
Though storms assail we dare the gale,
For Jesus bids us come.

Sailing o’er the restless tide,
Sailing through the gale we glide;
There beyond the billows’ foam,
We see the lights of home.

2 Steersman, steersman, the stars are wrapped in mist,
The Polar star still beams afar
On hills of amethyst,
On hills of amethyst.
Sailing, sailing, to find a better land,
No wind that blows our hope o’erthrows,
While Christ waits on the start. [Refrain]

3 Steersman, steersman, how wild the tempest raves!
The floods may swell, but all is well,
While Jesus walks the waves,
While Jesus walks the waves.
Sailing, sailing, to find a happier shore,
A pathway bright shines through the night,
Where friends have gone before. [Refrain]

Source: Jubilate : A Modern Sunday-School Hymnal #77

Author: Priscilla Owens

Owens, Priscilla Jane, was born July 21, 1829, of Scotch and Welsh descent, and is now (1906) resident at Baltimore, where she is engaged in public-school work. For 50 years Miss Owen has interested herself in Sunday-school work, and most of her hymns were written for children's services. Her hymn in the Scotch Church Hymnary, 1898, "We have heard a joyful sound" (Missions), was written for a Sunday-school Mission Anniversary, and the words were adapted to the chorus "Vive le Roi" in the opera The Huguenots. [Rev. James Bonar, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix II (1907)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Steersman, steersman, the channel's rough and dark
Title: The Lights of Home
Author: Priscilla Owens
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Sailing over the restless tide
Copyright: Public Domain



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