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Throw Out the Life Line

Throw out the life line across the dark wave

Author: Edward S. Ufford (1888)
Tune: [Throw out the life-line across the dark wave]
Published in 347 hymnals

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1 Throw out the lifeline across the dark wave;
There is a brother whom someone should save;
Somebody’s brother, O who then will dare
To throw out the lifeline, his peril to share?

Throw out the lifeline! Throw out the lifeline!
Someone is drifting away;
Throw out the lifeline! Throw out the lifeline!
Someone is sinking today.

2 Throw out the lifeline with hand quick and strong;
Why do you tarry, why linger so long?
See, he is sinking, O hasten today;
And out with the lifeboat, away, then, away! [Refrain]

3 Throw out the lifeline to danger-fraught men,
Sinking in anguish where you’ve never been;
Winds of temptation and billows of woe
Will soon hurl them out where the dark waters flow. [Refrain]

4 Soon will the season of rescue be o’er;
Soon will they drift to eternity’s shore;
Haste then, my brother, no time for delay!
But throw out the lifeline and save them today. [Refrain]

Source: African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #245

Author: Edward S. Ufford

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African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #245

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Clarion Call #53

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Hymns of Faith #487

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Sacred Selections for the Church #498


Small Church Music #2908


Songs of Zion #56

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Soul-stirring Songs and Hymns (Rev. ed.) #370

Spiritual Life Songs #75

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The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal #677

The Christian Life Hymnal #351


The Cyber Hymnal #6708

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The New National Baptist Hymnal (21st Century Edition) #411


Timeless Truths #287

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Worship and Service Hymnal #423

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Yes, Lord! #483

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