Drifting down

You are drifting far from shore

Author: Jessie Brown Pounds
Tune: [You are drifting far from shore]
Published in 28 hymnals

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1 You are drifting far from shore, leaning on an idle oar,
You are drifting, slowly drifting, drifting down;
You are drifting with the tide, to the ocean wild and wide,
You are drifting, slowly drifting, drifting down.

Refrain:
You are drifting down, drifting down
To the dark and awful sea;
You are drifting down
From a Father’s loving care,
To the blackness of despair,
You are drifting, slowly drifting, drifting down.

2 Lights upon the homeland shore give you warning o’er and o’er,
You are drifting, slowly drifting, drifting down;
Soon beyond the harbor bar will your boat be carried far,
You are drifting, slowly drifting, drifting down. [Refrain]

3 Voices from the homeland shore fainter grow, as they implore,
You are drifting, slowly drifting, drifting down;
O my brother, do not wait; heed them ere it be too late,
Ere forever you have drifted, drifted down. [Refrain]

Source: The Old Story in Song Number Two #108

Author: Jessie Brown Pounds

Jessie Brown Pounds was born in Hiram, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland on 31 August 1861. She was not in good health when she was a child so she was taught at home. She began to write verses for the Cleveland newspapers and religious weeklies when she was fifteen. After an editor of a collection of her verses noted that some of them would be well suited for church or Sunday School hymns, J. H. Fillmore wrote to her asking her to write some hymns for a book he was publishing. She then regularly wrote hymns for Fillmore Brothers. She worked as an editor with Standard Publishing Company in Cincinnati from 1885 to 1896, when she married Rev. John E. Pounds, who at that time was a pastor of the Central Christian Church in Indianapolis. A memorab… Go to person page >

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First Line: You are drifting far from shore
Title: Drifting down
Author: Jessie Brown Pounds

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The Cyber Hymnal #8142
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