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To the Rescue

To the rescue, to the rescue, Souls are drifting with the tide

Author: Mrs. C. H. Morris
Tune: [To the rescue! to the rescue]
Published in 4 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 To the rescue! to the rescue!
Souls are drifting with the tide;
Onward tow’rd the rocks before them
With the currents swift they glide.

Farther and farther away!
Farther and farther away!
With the current drifting by,
To the rescue quickly fly,
God will help us if we try,
Help to save some one to-day.

2 Who will tell of this salvation,
Blessed lifeboat close at hand,
Ere their bark are wreck’d and scatter’d
Far and near upon the strand? [Refrain]

3 Some are conscious of their danger
And for succor loudly cry;
Cut the shore-lines, hasten to them
Ere in sin they sink and die. [Refrain]

4 Human wrecks are all about us,
Victims of the tempter’s pow’r;
O the joy beyond all telling
Could we rescue one this hour! [Refrain]

Source: The Old Story in Song #50

Author: Mrs. C. H. Morris

Lelia (Mrs. C.H.) Morris (1862-1929) was born in Pennsville, Morgan County, Ohio. When her family moved to Malta on the Muskingum River she and her sister and mother had a millinery shop in McConnelsville. She and her husband Charles H. Morris were active in the Methodist Episcopal Church and at the camp meetings in Sebring and Mt. Vernon. She wrote hymns as she did her housework. Although she became blind at age 52 she continued to write hymns on a 28-foot long blackboard that her family had built for her. She is said to have written 1000 texts and many tunes including "Sweeter as the years go by." Mary Louise VanDyke Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: To the rescue, to the rescue, Souls are drifting with the tide
Title: To the Rescue
Author: Mrs. C. H. Morris
Language: English
Refrain First Line: On, on, on to the rescue
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 4 of 4)

Cumberland Hymns, a Collection of "Whosoever Will" Songs. Centenary ed. #d226

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Songs of Evangelism #81

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Songs of Faith and Hope Number 2 #140

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The Old Story in Song #50

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