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When the Dark Waves Round Us Roll

When the dark waves round us roll

Author: William Walsham How
Published in 18 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

How, William Walsham, D.D., son of William Wybergh How, Solicitor, Shrewsbury, was born Dec. 13, 1823, at Shrewsbury, and educated at Shrewsbury School and Wadham College, Oxford (B.A. 1845). Taking Holy Orders in 1846, he became successively Curate of St. George's, Kidderminster, 1846; and of Holy Cross, Shrewsbury, 1848. In 1851 he was preferred to the Rectory of Whittington, Diocese of St. Asaph, becoming Rural Dean in 1853, and Hon. Canon of the Cathedral in 1860. In 1879 he was appointed Rector of St. Andrew's Undershaft, London, and was consecrated Suffragan Bishop for East London, under the title of the Bishop of Bedford, and in 1888 Bishop of Wakefield. Bishop How is the author of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Commen… 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


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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The Cyber Hymnal #7317

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