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We Have an Anchor

Words by Priscilla J. Owens
Tune: WE HAVE AN ANCHOR by William J. Kirkpatrick (1838-1921)
Key signature: F major (1 flat)
Time signature: 4/4
Public Domain
Organ Performance at Hymns Without Words
1. Will your anchor hold in the storms of life, When the clouds unfold their wings of strife? When the strong tides lift and the cables strain, Will your anchor drift, or firm remain?
Refrain: We have an anchor that keeps the soul Steadfast and sure while the billows roll, Fastened to the Rock which cannot move, Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.
2. It is safely moored, ’twill the storm withstand, For ’tis well secured by the Savior’s hand; And the cables, passed from His heart to mine, Can defy that blast, thro’ strength divine.
3. It will firmly hold in the straits of fear, When the breakers have told the reef is near; Tho’ the tempest rave and the wild winds blow, Not an angry wave shall our bark o’erflow.
4. It will surely hold in the floods of death, When the waters cold chill our latest breath; On the rising tide it can never fail, While our hopes abide within the Veil.
5. When our eyes behold thro’ the gath’ring night The city of gold, our harbor bright, We shall anchor fast by the heav’nly shore, With the storms all past forevermore.