old Hymn from 1888

Throw out the Life-Line across the dark wave,
There is a brother whom someone should save;
Somebody’s brother! Oh who then will dare
To throw out the lIfe-Line, his peril to share?

Throw out the Life-Line with hand quick and strong:
Why do you tarry and linger so long?
See! he is sinking; oh; hasten today—
And out with the Life-Boat! away, then, away!

Throw out the Life-Line to danger-fraught men,
Sinking in anguish where you’ve never been:
Winds of temptation and billows of woe
Will soon hurl them out where the dark waters flow.

Soon will the season of rescue be o’er,
Soon will they drift to eternity’s shore,
Haste then, my brother, no time for delay,
But throw out the Life-Line and save them today.

Throw out the Life-Line! Throw out the Life-Line!
Someone is drifting away;
Throw out the Life-Line! Throw out the Life-Line!
Someone is sinking today.

by Edward S. Ufford, 1888

Life Songs 2, # 137
Copyright 1938 by Mennonite Publishing Housetroubled seas

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