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Thou art drifting down life's river

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1 Thou art drifting down life's river,
Drifting t'ward a sea,
From whose shore no bark returneth,
'Tis Eternity.

Thou art drifting, thou art drifting,
Drifting to Eternity;
Thou art drifting, thou art drifting,
Drifting to Eternity.

2 At its mouth lie rocks tremendous,
Blacker than despair,
Many a noble bark, my brother,
Has been shipwrecked there. [Chorus]

3 Hark! the wild white waves are foaming,
Hungry, fierce, and bold,
O'er the shattered vessel dashing,
Dreadful, icy, cold. [Chorus]

4 But beyond these raging billows,
Lies a happy shore,
Where the saints, redeemed through Jesus,
Dwell forevermore. [Chorus]

5 Oh! my friend, thy bark shall never
Reach that happy shore,
Till the Lord becomes your Pilot,
He will guide thee o'er. [Chorus]

6 Call Him with entreaty urgent,
Call Him near thy side,
Then o'er roughest, darkest billows,
Safely thou shalt glide. [Chorus]

Source: Crowning Glory No. 1: a choice collection of gospel hymns #115

Author: Peter P. Bilhorn

Pseudonyms: Irene Durfee; P. H. Rob­lin (a an­a­gram of his name… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Thou art drifting down life's river
Author: Peter P. Bilhorn
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 6 of 6)

Bells of Heaven #d407

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Bilhorn's Male Chorus No. l. (Pocket ed. Columbian issue) #10

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Crowning Glory No. 1 #115

Sunday School Chimes #d134

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Temple Songs (Seaside ed.) #180

The Crowning Glory Nos. 1 and 2 #d373

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