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The billows swell, the winds are high

The billows swell, the winds are high

Author: William Cowper
Published in 126 hymnals

Representative Text

1 The billows swell, the winds are high
Clouds overcast my wintry sky;
Out of the depths to thee I call,
My fears are great, my strength is small.

2 O Lord, a Savior's part perform,
And guide and guard me through the storm;
Defend me from each threatening ill,
Control the waves, say, "peace, be still."

3 Amidst the roaring of the sea,
My souls still hands her hope on thee;
Thy constant love, thy faithful care,
Is all that saves me from despair.

4 Dangers of every shape and name,
Attend the followers of the Lamb,
Who leave the world's deceitful shore,
And leave it to return no more.

5 God of my life, to thee I call,
Afflicted at thy feet I fall;
When the great water-floods prevail,
Leave not my trembling heart to fail!

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

Author: William Cowper

Cowper, William, the poet. The leading events in the life of Cowper are: born in his father's rectory, Berkhampstead, Nov. 26, 1731; educated at Westminster; called to the Bar, 1754; madness, 1763; residence at Huntingdon, 1765; removal to Olney, 1768; to Weston, 1786; to East Dereham, 1795; death there, April 25, 1800. The simple life of Cowper, marked chiefly by its innocent recreations and tender friendships, was in reality a tragedy. His mother, whom he commemorated in the exquisite "Lines on her picture," a vivid delineation of his childhood, written in his 60th year, died when he was six years old. At his first school he was profoundly wretched, but happier at Westminster; excelling at cricket and football, and numbering Warren Hasti… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The billows swell, the winds are high
Author: William Cowper
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

Notes

The billows swell, the winds are high. W. Cowper. [Temptation.] Appeared in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Bk. iii., No. 18, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "Temptation." It was extensively adopted by the older collection, but is somewhat restricted in its modern use. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Divine Hymns from Various Authors #d58

A Collection of Evangelical Hymns #d149

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A Collection of Hymns #326

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the United Brethren in Christ #901

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #655

A Selection of Hymns #d262

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A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors. #A23

Additional Hymns, Designed as a Supplement to Dwight's Psalms & Hymns #d169

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Carmina Sanctorum, a selection of hymns and songs of praise with tunes #474

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Carmina Sanctorum #474

Chapel Hymns #d513

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d839

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Church Chorals and Choir Studies #21

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Church Melodies #219

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Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #512

Glorious Light No. 3 #d83

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Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #298

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Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #229

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #576

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Hymn-Book of the Evangelical Association #485

Hymns and Psalms, Original and Modern, Selected and Revised #d292

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Hymns and Songs for Social and Sabbath Worship #421

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Hymns and Songs for Social and Sabbath Worship. (Rev. ed.) #421

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Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #800

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Hymns and Tunes #310

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #832

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #832

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Hymns for Christian Melody #942

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Hymns for Church and Home #315

Hymns for Public Worship in the Diocese of Fredericton. 2nd ed. #d188

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Hymns for Social Worship #390

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Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #183

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Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #183

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Hymns for the Sanctuary #303

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Hymns for the Sick-Room #117

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Hymns of the Church Militant #507

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Hymns of the Church Universal #437

Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons 3rd Am. from 9th London ed. #d207

Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons #d194

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New Manual of Praise #398

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New Union Hymns #188

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Ocean Melodies, and Seamen's Companion #102a

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #750

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Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #H407

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Public, Parlour, and Cottage Hymns. A New Selection #I.159

Revival and Camp Minstrel, containing the Best Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected #d305

Sabbath School and Social Hymns of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of the U.S.A. #d238

Sacred Melodies #d241

Seamen's Devotional Assistant and Mariners' Hymns (American Seamen's Friend Society) #d446

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Seamen's Hymns #462

Seamen's Hymns and Devotional Assistant #d564

Select Hymns #d165

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Select Hymns #83

Songs for the New Life #d607

Songs of Pilgrimage, a Hymnal for the Churches of Christ, Part I #d229

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Songs of Pilgrimage #112

Songs of Zion #d160

Supplement to Watts #d388

The American Seaman's Hymn Book #d187

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book for Public Worship #676

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book, for Public Worship #220.676

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #750

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The Baptist Hymn Book #676

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The Baptist Hymn Book #726

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The Baptist Hymn Book #393

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The Baptist Praise Book #987

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The Baptist Psalmody #708

The Book of Praise #d327

The Book of Praise #d722

The Canadian Baptist Hymnal for the use of Churches and Families #d589

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The Christian Hymn Book #857

The Christian Hymnal #d638

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The Christian Hymnal #634

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The Christian hymnal #240

The Christian Hymnist #d506

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The Christian Psalmist; or, Watts' Psalms and Hymns #548

The Christian Psalter #d504

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The Devotional Hymn and Tune Book #374

The Devotional Hymn Book #d446

The Evangelical Hymn and Tune Book #d686

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The Evangelical Hymnal with Tunes #339

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The Gospel Psalmist #921

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The Harp #896

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the Most Approved Authors #CCLXXXVII

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns #CCLXXXVII

The Hymnal of the Reformed Church in the United States #d597

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The Lecture-Room Hymn-Book #H252

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The Lord's Songs #CCXLIV

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The Mozart Collection of Sacred Music #240

The National Baptist Hymn Book #d501

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