Christ My Song - 1904
Hope is the anchor of the soul
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Hope is the anchor of the soul.
"Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul."
2. The night is dark, the sea runs high,
the mast before the tempest bends;
a shore bestrewed with wrecks is nigh,
and on the anchor all depends.
3. The vessel drifts, if that gives way,
and founders on the fatal shore,
where death and night maintain their sway;
where light and life are seen no more.
4. At such a time, in such a state,
a single anchor holding all,
no wonder that our fear is great,
no wonder that our hope is small.
5. But one sweet word dispels our fear,
the word of him who cannot lie;
his truth is pledged, his power is near;
his truth and power all ills defy.
6. Hope, O my soul, thine anchor is,
both, sure and steadfast; be thou strong:
the word that makes thee bold is his,
who reigns yon shining host among.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 275.