Who’s at the Helm?

The night is dark, the winds are strong

Author: Anthony J. Showalter
Tune: [The night is dark, the winds are strong]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 The night is dark, the winds are strong,
Who’s at the helm?
To steer the ship of life along,
Who’s at the helm?

When skies are glowing,
When storms are blowing,
Why should we fear when Christ is near?
He’s at the helm.

2 O child of God, be not afraid,
He’s at the helm;
Thor’ cloud and sunshine, light and shade,
He’s at the helm. [Refrain]

3 Trust Him, when high the billows roll,
He’s at the helm;
He knows the rocks, the hidden shoals,
He’s at the helm. [Refrain]

4 Some day the storms will all be past,
He’s at the helm;
He’ll land us safe in port at last,
He’s at the helm. [Refrain]

Source: Gospel Herald in Song #137

Author: Anthony J. Showalter

Anthony Johnson Showalter USA 1858-1924/ Born in Cherry Grove, VA, he became an organist, gospel music composer, author, teacher, editor, and publisher. He was taught by his father and in 1876 received training at the Ruebush-Kieffer School of Music, Dayton, VA. He also attended George Root’s National Normal school at Erie, PA, and Dr Palmer’s International Normal at Meadville, PA. He was teaching music in shape note singing schools by age 14. He taught literary school at age 19, and normal music schools at age 22, when he also published his first book. In 1881 he married Lucy Carolyn (Callie) Walser of TX, and they had seven children: Tennie, Karl, Essie, Jennie, Lena, Margaret, and Nellie. At age 23 he published his “Harmo… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The night is dark, the winds are strong
Title: Who’s at the Helm?
Author: Anthony J. Showalter
Language: English
Refrain First Line: When skies are glowing
Copyright: Public Domain


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Gospel Herald in Song #137

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