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Far Out On the Desolate Billow   1 comment

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Above:  Mining on the Comstock, 1876

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-pga-01999

Text (1867) by Rossiter Worthington Raymond (1840-1918)

Hymn Source = The Pilgrim Hymnal (1931/1935), General Council of Congregational and Christian Churches

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1.  Far out on the desolate billow

The sailor sails the sea,

Alone with the night and the tempest,

Where countless dangers be;

Yet never alone is the Christian,

Who lives by faith and pray’r;

For God is a friend unfailing,

And God is ev’rywhere.

2.  Far down in the earth’s dark bosom

The miner mines the ore;

Death lurks in the dark behind him

And hides in the rocks before,

Yet never alone is the Christian,

Who lives by faith and pray’r;

For God is a friend unfailing,

And God is ev’rywhere.

3.  Forth into the dreadful battle

The steadfast soldier goes;

No friend, when he lies adying,

His eyes to kiss and close.

Yet never alone is the Christian,

Who lives by faith and pray’r;

For God is a friend unfailing,

And God is ev’rywhere.

4.  Lord, grant as we sail life’s ocean,

Or delve in its mines of woe;

Or fight in its terrible conflict,

This comfort all to know,

That never alone is the Christian,

Who lives by faith and pray’r;

For God is a friend unfailing,

And God is ev’rywhere.