The harbor home

You're sailing toward the fearful rapids

Author: Harriet E. Jones
Tune: [You're sailing toward the fearful rapids, brother]
Published in 7 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 You’re sailing t’ward the fearful rapids, brother,
Face the harbor-home!
You’re drifting farther from the beacon, brother,
Face the harbor-home!
See the clouds of darkness o’er you,
See the many wrecks before you,
Turn this moment, we implore you,
Face the harbor-home!

Face the harbor-home!
Face the harbor-home!
The light discern, your frail bark burn,
And face the harbor-home!

2 Beware of hidden rock and sand, my brother,
Face the harbor-home!
Oh, turn toward the shining beacon, brother,
Face the harbor-home!
Shining stars their watch are keeping,
Angry waves are ’round you sweeping,
Guardian angels must be weeping,
Face the harbor-home! [Refrain]

3 Before you there is awful danger, brother,
Face the harbor-home!
Just turn about and there is safety, brother,
Face the harbor-home!
Brightly now the light is burning,
Wise are they the light discerning,
Oh! at once your back be turning,
Face the harbor-home! [Refrain]

Source: Songs of Love and Praise No. 4 #29

Author: Harriet E. Jones

Harriet E. Rice Jones, 1823-1915 Born: Ap­ril 18, 1823, Pom­pey Hol­low, Onon­da­ga Coun­ty, New York. Died: 1915, Bing­ham­ton, New York. Buried: Oran Com­mun­i­ty Church Cem­e­te­ry, Pom­pey, Onon­da­ga Coun­ty, New York. Daughter of El­e­a­zer Rice, Jones lived in Onon­da­ga Coun­ty, New York. Her girl­hood was spent on a farm, re­ceiv­ing what ed­u­ca­tion the count­ry schools and one term at high school could pro­vide. She was al­ways fond of read­ing, and was a great sing­er, with a clear ring­ing voice. On Ju­ly 7, 1844, she mar­ried a son of Rev. Ze­nas Jones; her hus­band died in 1879. Her song writ­ing ca­reer b­egan when her po­e­try came to the at­ten­tion of Dr. M. J. Mun­… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: You're sailing toward the fearful rapids
Title: The harbor home
Author: Harriet E. Jones
Refrain First Line: Face the harbor home



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