Throw Out the Life-Line

As you can see, “lifeline”, “today” and “lifeboat” were in the middle of transitioning from two words to one. In the refrain, “some one” is deliberately separated into two words for emphasis; the one drifting and sinking is a specific person, even if his identity is known only to God.

Verse 1:
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?

Refrain:
Throw out the Life-Line!
Throw out the Life-Line!
Some one is drifting away;
Throw out the Life-Line!
Throw out the Life-Line!
Some one is sinking today.

Verse 2:
Throw out the Life-Line with hand quick and strong:
Why do you tarry, my brother, so long?
See! he is sinking; Oh, hasten to-day–
And out with the Life-Boat! away, then away!

Verse 3:
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.

Verse 4:
Soon will the season of reason be o’er,
Soon will we drift to the fair Eden shore;
Then, in the dark hour of death, may it be
That Jesus will throw out the Life-Line to thee.

Rev. E.S. Ufford/E.S.U. arr. by Geo. C. Stebbins

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