Nearing the homeland shore

The ocean of life I am crossing

Author: James Rowe
Tune: [The ocean of life I am crossing]
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1 The ocean of life I am crossing,
And round me the billows roar;
My boat on the rough waves is tossing,
But I’m nearing the homeland shore.

I’m nearing, nearing,
Nearing the homeland shore;
Tho’ waves rise and roll, there is joy in my soul,
I’m nearing the homeland shore.

2 My voyage has often been dreary,
And often my heart was sore,
I’ve often been troubled and weary,
But I’m nearing the homeland shore. [Refrain]

3 The Saviour—my pilot—has taught me
To trust in him more and more,
For safe thro’ all storm he has brought me,
And I’m nearing the homeland home. [Refrain]

Source: Songs of Christian Service #55

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 >

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First Line: The ocean of life I am crossing
Title: Nearing the homeland shore
Author: James Rowe
Refrain First Line: I'm nearing, nearing, nearing the homeland
Copyright: Public Domain


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Songs of Christian Service #55

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