Roll on, thou mighty ocean! And as thy billows flow

Roll on, thou mighty ocean! And as thy billows flow

Author: James Edmeston
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1 Roll on, thou mighty ocean;
And, as thy billows flow,
Bear messengers of mercy
To every land below.

2 Arise, ye gales, and waft them
Safe to the destined shore,
That man may sit in darkness,
And death’s black shade no more.

3 Oh Thou eternal Ruler,
Who holdest in Thine arm
The tempests of the ocean,
Protect them from all harm.

4 Oh be thy presence with them,
Wherever they may be;
Though far from us who love them,
Still let them be with Thee.


Source: The Book of Worship #394

Author: James Edmeston

Edmeston, James, born Sept. 10, 1791. His maternal grandfather was the Rev. Samuel Brewer, who for 50 years was the pastor of an Independent congregation at Stepney. Educated as an architect and surveyor, in 1816 he entered upon his profession on his own account, and continued to practice it until his death on Jan. 7, 1867. The late Sir G. Gilbert Scott was his pupil. Although an Independent by descent he joined the Established Church at a comparatively early age, and subsequently held various offices, including that of churchwarden, in the Church of St. Barnabas, Homerton. His hymns number nearly 2000. The best known are “Lead us, Heavenly Father, lead us” and "Saviour, breathe an evening blessing." Many of his hymns were written for c… Go to person page >

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