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Life Line

We are out upon life's ocean

Author: Laura E. Newell
Tune: [We are out upon life’s ocean]
Published in 2 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 We are out upon life’s ocean,
Oft the waves run rough and wild;
But the Savior is our pilot,
And he gives each trusting child.

The Life Line, the Life Line,
Oh, grasp it, come what may,
And trust him, our pilot,
Whose word endures for aye, for aye.

Oh, brother, the Life Line,
Now grasp it with your might,
’Twill guide you to heaven,
Beyond the storm and night, and night.

2 When the morn shall dawn in splendor,
And our barque is borne along
’Neath the cloudless skies serenely,
As we lift our hearts in song. [Refrain]

3 Or if tempests burst in fury,
And the storms sweep madly by;
Lo! an anchor rests securely,
Where no clouds obscure the sky. [Refrain]

4 We approach the port celestial,
And his word, our staff and guide,
Will direct us past the breakers,
To the home beyond the tide. [Refrain]

Source: Pearls of Praise #68

Author: Laura E. Newell

Born: Feb­ru­a­ry 5, 1854, New Marl­bo­rough, Con­nec­ti­cut. Died: Oc­to­ber 13, 1916, Man­hat­tan, Kan­sas. Daughter of Mr. and Edward A. Pixley, but orphaned as an infant, Laura was adopted by her aunt, then Mrs. Hiram Mabie, who at the time lived in New York. In 1858, the Mabie family moved to a farm south of where Wamego, Kansas, now stands. Two years after the move, Mr. Mabie died, and his wife resumed teaching. In 1860, Mrs. Mabie accepted a position in Topeka, Kansas, where she taught many years. Under her tutelage, Laura received her education. As early as age 12, Laura was writing rhymes, and two years later her poems began to appear in local newspapers. She had no thought of a literary career; she simply wrote… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: We are out upon life's ocean
Title: Life Line
Author: Laura E. Newell
Refrain First Line: The life line, the life line
Publication Date: 1892
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.