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My anchor holds

When the waves are rolling fast

Author: Joseph W. Burgess
Tune: [When the waves are rolling fast]
Published in 3 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 When the waves are rolling fast,
And I face the threatening blast,
And a dark, forbidding cloud my bark enfolds;
Tho’ the billows round me roll,
There’s a calm within my soul;
Hallelujah! praise the Lord, my anchor holds.

I can face the tempest’s shock,
For I’m anchored to the Rock,
And His mighty arm my feeble strength upholds;
Tho’ the billows round me roll,
There’s a calm within my soul;
Hallelujah! praise the Lord, my anchor holds.

2 Satan tries by every art,
And with many a fiery dart,
To affright me from the Christ my faith beholds;
But I trust Him more and more,
And I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
Hallelujah! praise the Lord, my anchor holds. [Refrain]

3 I am waiting for a day
When the storms have passed away,
And the haven of sweet rest my eye beholds;
When my voyage is complete,
And I bow at Jesus’ feet;
Praise the Lord forevermore, my anchor holds. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11751

Author: Joseph W. Burgess

Born: January 1, 1851, Dansville, New York. Died: May 20, 1927, San Diego County, California. Buried: Cypress View Mausoleum and Crematory, San Diego, California. A journalist and temperance crusader, Burgess edited God’s Blessings (Dansville, New York: A. M. Hall, 1890), and founded the Dansville Breeze. In 1889, he married Helen Frances Sutton in Hornellsville, New York. They later settled in San Diego, California. Sources: Findagrave, accessed 17 Nov 2016 © The Cyber Hymnal™. Used by permission. (www.hymntime.com)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When the waves are rolling fast
Title: My anchor holds
Author: Joseph W. Burgess
Refrain First Line: I can face the tempest's shock



The Cyber Hymnal #11751
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  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)


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The Cyber Hymnal #11751

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