When the Dark Waves Round Us Roll

When the dark waves round us roll

Author: William Walsham How
Published in 21 hymnals

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1 When the dark waves round us roll,
And we look in vain for aid,
Speak, Lord, to the trembling soul,
"It is I; be not afraid."

2 When we dimly trace Thy form
In mysterious clouds arrayed,
Be the echo of the storm,
"It is I; be not afraid."

3 When our brightest hopes depart,
When our fairest visions fade,
Whisper to the fainting heart,
"It is I; be not afraid."

4 When we weep beside the bier
Where some well-loved form is laid,
O may then the mourner hear,
"It is I; be not afraid."

5 When with wearing hopeless pain
Sinks the spirit, sore dismayed,
Breathe Thou then the comfort-strain,
"It is I; be not afraid."

6 When we feel the end is near,
Passing into death's dark shade,
May the voice be strong and clear,
"It is I; be not afraid."


The Hymnal: Published by the authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., 1895

Author: William Walsham How

William W. How (b. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, 1823; d. Leenane, County Mayo, Ireland, 1897) studied at Wadham College, Oxford, and Durham University and was ordained in the Church of England in 1847. He served various congregations and became Suffragan Bishop in east London in 1879 and Bishop of Wakefield in 1888. Called both the "poor man's bishop" and "the children's bishop," How was known for his work among the destitute in the London slums and among the factory workers in west Yorkshire. He wrote a number of theological works about controversies surrounding the Oxford Movement and attempted to reconcile biblical creation with the theory of evolution. He was joint editor of Psalms and Hymns (1854) and Church Hymns (1871). While rec… Go to person page >

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First Line: When the dark waves round us roll
Title: When the Dark Waves Round Us Roll
Author: William Walsham How
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


When the wild [dark] waves round us roll. Bishop W. W. How. [St. Peter.] Published in the enlarged edition of Morrell and How's Psalms and Hymns, 1864, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. In the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871, Thring's Collection, 1882, and others, it reads, "When the dark waves round us roll." It is a very popular hymn and is found in many collections.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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