Composer: William C. Filby (1874)
Published in 8 hymnals

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Composer: William C. Filby

Baptized: St. Paul, January 16, 1833, Hammersmith, Middlesex, England. Died: June 22, 1913, Richmond, Surrey, England. Son of William and Lucy Filby, William studied in France, and played the organ at St. Peter’s Church, Hammersmith (1849); Bromley Parish Church, Kent (1853); the London churches of St. Peter, Walworth; St. Matthew, Bayswater; and St. Luke, Westbourne Park; Holy Trinity, Margate, Kent; Holy Trinity, Stepney, London; and St. Paul, West Greenwich, London (1884). He also served as organist at the International Exhibitions of 1882 and of 1885, wrote and lectured on church music, opera and music education, and composed organ voluntaries, operettas, songs, part songs and choruses.  Go to person page >

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Composer: William C. Filby (1874)
Incipit: 56531 67153 56553


Breast the wave, Christian

Breast the wave, Christian,
When it is strongest;
Watch for day, Christian,
When the night's longest;
Onward and onward still
Be Thine endeavour;
The rest that remaineth
Will be for ever.

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The Cyber Hymnal #620
Text: Breast the Wave, Christian
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