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Throw Out the Lifeline

Words by Edwin S. Ufford, 1888. MUSIC: E. S. U., 1888
Tune: THROW OUT THE LIFELINE by Edwin S. Ufford, 1888; arranged by George C. Stebbins, 1890. Public Domain.
Key signature: G major (1 sharp)
Time signature: 6/8
Meter: with Refrain
Public Domain
1. Throw out the lifeline across the dark wave; There is a brother whom someone should save; Somebody’s brother! Oh, who then will dare To throw out the lifeline, his peril to share?
Refrain: Throw out the lifeline! Throw out the lifeline! Someone is drifting away; Throw out the lifeline! Throw out the lifeline! Someone is sinking today.
2. Throw out the lifeline with hand quick and strong: Why do you tarry, why linger so long? See! he is sinking; oh, hasten today And out with the life boat! Away, then, away!
3. Throw out the lifeline to dangerfraught 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.
4. 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 lifeline and save them today.
Addtional Stanzas:
5. This is the lifeline, oh, tempesttossed men, Baffled by waves of temptation and sin; Wild winds of passion, your strength cannot brave, But Jesus is mighty, and Jesus can save.
6. Jesus is able! To you who are driv’n Farther and farther from God and from Heav’n, Helpless and hopeless, o’erwhelmed by the wave, We throw out the lifeline— ’tis, “Jesus can save.”
7. This is the lifeline, oh, grasp it today! See, you are recklessly drifting away; Voices in warning, shout over the wave, Oh, grasp the strong lifeline, for Jesus can save. Throw Out the Lifeline