On life’s sea, amid its tempest,
Wreck’d ones sink and die:
Lo, we man the Gospel Lifeboat,
Summoned by their cry!
Launch away! the signal rises!
Face the stormy wave!
Jesus watches o’er the billows,
Jesus waits to save.
Who will cross the stormy waters?
Who for Christ will go,
Braving fear and deadly danger,
Saving friend and foe?
Brother, near thy side we linger,
Hailing, warning thee:
Leap for life! ’tis now or never!
Christ, thy Saviour, see!
Leave the wreck! it sinks beneath thee!
Leave thy worthless all!
Life is better far than riches,
Leap at mercy’s call!
Must we leave thee, clinging, dying?
Brother, trust this hour!
Praise the Lord! He grasps thee! saves thee!
Rescued by His power.
Will Luff/Geo. C. Stebbins