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Tossed upon life's raging billow

Representative Text

1 Tossed upon life's raging billow.
Sweet it is, O Lord, to know
Thou didst press a sailor's pillow.
Thou canst feel a sailor's woe;
Never slumb'ring, never sleeping.
Tho' the night be dark and drear,
Thou the faithful watch art keeping;
"All is well," thy constant cheer.

2 Thou my heart the hope will cherish,
While to thee I lift mine eye,
Thou wilt save me o'er I perish,
Thou wilt hear the sailor's cry;
And the mast and sail be riven,
Soon life's voyage will be o'er;
Safely moored in heav'n's wide haven,
Storm and temptest vex no more.

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #733

Author: George W. Bethune

Bethune, George Washington, D.D. A very eminent divine of the Reformed Dutch body, born in New York, 1805, graduated at Dickinson Coll., Carlisle, Phila., 1822, and studied theology at Princeton. In 1827 he was appointed Pastor of the Reformed Dutch Church, Rinebeck, New York. In 1830 passed to Utica, in 1834 to Philadelphia, and in 1850 to the Brooklyn Heights, New York. In 1861 he visited Florence, Italy, for his health, and died in that city, almost suddenly after preaching, April 27, 1862. His Life and Letters were edited by A. R. Van Nest, 1867. He was offered the Chancellorship of New York University, and the Provostship of the University of Pennsylvania, both of which he declined. His works include The Fruits of the Spirit, 1839; Ser… Go to person page >

Notes

Tossed upon life's raging billow. Sailor's Hymn. Appeared in the Christian Lyre, 1830; in the Seamen's Devotional Assistant the same year, and in Dr. Bethune's Lays, 1847, p. 168, in 3 stanzas of 8 1ines. It "is said to have been the Author's first and favourite hymn, having been written when he was on a voyage to the West Indies, for the benefit of his health, in the year 1825" (Lyra Sacra Americana p. 297). It is a "Sailor's Hymn;" as such it was given in Lyra Sacra Americana, and thence passed into The Hymnary, 1872, and other English collections. -John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Tune

PILGRIM (Kingsley)


MIDDLETON


BETHANY (Smart)

BETHANY, named after the village near Jerusalem, is a suitably dramatic tune for the song text. It was composed by Henry Smart (b. Marylebone, London, England, 1813; d. Hampstead, London, 1879), a capable composer of church music who wrote some very fine hymn tunes (REGENT SQUARE, 354, is the best-k…

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Carmina for the Sunday School and Social Worship #234

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Carmina Sanctorum, a selection of hymns and songs of praise with tunes #662

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Carmina Sanctorum #662

Christ in Song #d602

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Christ in Song #733

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Christian Praise #639

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d970

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Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #648

Familiar Hymns, Alphabetically Arranged. #d268

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Gloria Deo #598

Gloria in Excelsis #d720

Hallowed Songs #d356

Hymn Book for the Army and Navy #d76

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Hymns and Songs for Social and Sabbath Worship #522

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Hymns and Songs for Social and Sabbath Worship. (Rev. ed.) #522

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Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #1147

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Hymns for Christian Melody #945

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Hymns for Social Worship #385

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International Song Service #279

Lyra Sacra Americana #d214

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Many Voices; or, Carmina Sanctorum, Evangelistic Edition with Tunes #481

Mission Songs #d151

New Standard Singer #d233

New Standard Singer, Pt. 1-7 #d236

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Oberlin social & sabbath school hymn book #192

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Ocean Melodies, and Seamen's Companion #42

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Our New Hymnal #400

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #880

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Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs #828

Psalms and Hymns for the Worship of God #d851

Revival Hymns #d177

Revival Melodies #d18

Sacred Songs and Solos #678

Seamen's Devotional Assistant and Mariners' Hymns (American Seamen's Friend Society) #d529

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Seamen's Hymns #448

Seamen's Hymns and Devotional Assistant #d642

Select Hymns #d467

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Select Hymns #519

Soldier's Friend #d88

Song Life for Sunday Schools #d214

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Songs for Social and Public Worship #887

Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #ad1168

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Songs for the Sanctuary #1322

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Songs for the Sanctuary #1322

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Songs for the Sanctuary #1322

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #1322

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or, Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Words only) #1322

Songs of Christian Praise with Music #d589

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Songs of Devotion for Christian Assocations #608

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Songs of the Church #855

Songs of Zion #d190

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Songs of Zion Enlarged #292

The American Hymn and Tune Book #d828

The American Hymn and Tune Book, Newly Revised and Especially Adapted to Vestry Use #d147

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The American Vocalist #288a

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #880

The Bible Harp #d288

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The Book of Worship #330

The Choral Friend #d81

The Choralist #d367

The Christian Hymnist #d566

The Christian Lyre #d454

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The Christian Lyre #8

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The Christian Lyre #8

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The Christian Lyre #8

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The Church Hymnary #907

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The Clifton Chapel Collection of "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs" #1281

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The Congregational Hymn Book #873

The Friends' Hymnal, a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for the Public Worship of the Society #d654

The Gospel Hymnal #d655

The Harmoniad and Sacred Melodist #d145

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The Harp #895

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The Manual of Praise for Sabbath and Social Worship #438

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The Melodeon #25

The Millennial Harp #d482

The People's Praise Book or Carmina Sanctorum #d667

The Pilgrim's Harp #d257

The Praise Hymnal #d489

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The Psalmody #929

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The Religious Songster #118

The Service of Praise #d340

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The Social and Sabbath School Hymn-Book. (5th ed.) #192

The Soldier's Hymn Book. 2nd ed. #d234

The Star of the East #d186

The Vestry Hymn and Tune Book #d498

The Vestry Hymn Book #d501

The Wesleyan Harp, a Collection of Hymns and Tunes Suitable for Social Worship. 1st ed. #d139

The Western Harp #d227

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Vestry Chimes #71b

Zion's Harp #d140

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