The billows swell, the winds are high

The billows swell, the winds are high

Author: William Cowper
Published in 125 hymnals

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1 The billows swell, the winds are high
Clouds overcast my wintry sky;
Out of the depths to thee I call,
My fears are great, my strength is small.

2 O Lord, a Savior's part perform,
And guide and guard me through the storm;
Defend me from each threatening ill,
Control the waves, say, "peace, be still."

3 Amidst the roaring of the sea,
My souls still hands her hope on thee;
Thy constant love, thy faithful care,
Is all that saves me from despair.

4 Dangers of every shape and name,
Attend the followers of the Lamb,
Who leave the world's deceitful shore,
And leave it to return no more.

5 God of my life, to thee I call,
Afflicted at thy feet I fall;
When the great water-floods prevail,
Leave not my trembling heart to fail!

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

Author: William Cowper

Cowper, William, the poet. The leading events in the life of Cowper are: born in his father's rectory, Berkhampstead, Nov. 26, 1731; educated at Westminster; called to the Bar, 1754; madness, 1763; residence at Huntingdon, 1765; removal to Olney, 1768; to Weston, 1786; to East Dereham, 1795; death there, April 25,1800. The simple life of Cowper, marked chiefly by its innocent recreations and tender friendships, was in reality a tragedy. His mother, whom he commemorated in the exquisite "Lines on her picture," a vivid delineation of his childhood, written in his 60th year, died when he was six years old. At his first school he was profoundly wretched, but happier at Westminster; excelling at cricket and football, and numbering Warren Hastin… Go to person page >

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First Line: The billows swell, the winds are high
Author: William Cowper
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

Notes

The billows swell, the winds are high. W. Cowper. [Temptation.] Appeared in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Bk. iii., No. 18, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "Temptation." It was extensively adopted by the older collection, but is somewhat restricted in its modern use.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Divine Hymns from Various Authors #d58
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A New Selection of Nearly Eight Hundred Evangelical Hymns, from More than 200 Authors in England, Scotland, Ireland, & America, including a great number of originals, alphabetically arranged #602Page Scan
A New Selection of Psalms and Hymns from the Most Approved Authors, Adapted to Public and Private Worship. 2nd ed. #d448
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A Selection of Hymns #d262
A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors.: including a great number of originals: intended to be an appendix to Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns. (Woodward's rev. and corr. ed.; Sterotype ed.) #A23Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns, adapted to the devotions of the closet, the family, and the social circle; and containing subjects appropriate to the monthly concerns of prayer for the success... #580Page Scan
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Carmina Sanctorum, a selection of hymns and songs of praise with tunes #474Page Scan
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Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d839
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Church Melodies: collection of psalms and hymns, with appropriate music. For the use of congregations. #219Page Scan
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Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #298Page Scan
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Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons 3rd Am. from 9th London ed. #d207
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New Manual of Praise: for Sabbath and Social Worship #398Page Scan
New Union Hymns #188Page Scan
Ocean Melodies, and Seamen's Companion: a collection of hymns and music; for the use of Bethels, Chaplains of the Navy and private devotion of Mariners #102aPage Scan
Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #750Page Scan
Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #H407Page Scan
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Public, Parlour, and Cottage Hymns. A New Selection #I.159Page Scan
Revival and Camp Minstrel, containing the Best Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected #d305
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Sacred Melodies #d241
Seamen's Devotional Assistant and Mariners' Hymns (American Seamen's Friend Society) #d446
Seamen's Devotional Assistant, and Mariners' Hymns; prepared under direction of the American Seamen's Friend Society #327Page Scan
Seamen's Hymns #462Page Scan
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