We Have an Anchor

Will your anchor hold in the storms of life

Author: Priscilla J. Owens
Published in 69 hymnals

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1 Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
when the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
will your anchor drift, or firm remain?
We have an anchor that keeps the soul
steadfast and sure while the billows roll;
fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love!

2 Will your anchor hold in the straits of fear,
when the breakers roar and the reef is near?
While the surges rave, and the wild winds blow,
shall the angry waves then your bark o'erflow? [Refrain]

3 Will your anchor hold in the floods of death,
when the waters cold chill your latest breath?
On the rising tide you can never fail,
while your anchor holds within the veil. [Refrain]

4 Will your eyes behold through the morning light
the city of gold and the harbour bright?
Will you anchor safe by the heavenly shore,
when life's storms are past for evermore? [Refrain]

Source: Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #737

Author: Priscilla J. Owens

Owens, Priscilla Jane, was born July 21, 1829, of Scotch and Welsh descent, and is now (1906) resident at Baltimore, where she is engaged in public-school work. For 50 years Miss Owen has interested herself in Sunday-school work, and most of her hymns were written for children's services. Her hymn in the Scotch Church Hymnary, 1898, "We have heard a joyful sound" (Missions), was written for a Sunday-school Mission Anniversary, and the words were adapted to the chorus "Vive le Roi" in the opera The Huguenots. [Rev. James Bonar, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix II (1907)… Go to person page >

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First Line: Will your anchor hold in the storms of life
Title: We Have an Anchor
Author: Priscilla J. Owens
Language: English
Refrain First Line: We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Copyright: Public Domain



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Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #680
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #737TextPage Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #769
Complete Mission Praise #770
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #689
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Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #561
Rejoice Hymns #391
Singing the Faith #645
Small Church Music #485Audio
Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #140
The Cyber Hymnal #7196TextScoreAudio
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