Author of the Lyrics
The author of the beautiful
words of the "The Anchor Holds" lyrics, William Clark Martin (December 25, 1864-August 30, 1914),
was born in Hightstown, New Jersey, United States and
achieved fame as a Baptist pastor and hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "The Anchor Holds", Daniel Brink Towner (April 5, 1850-October 3, 1919),
was born in Towner Hill, Rome, Pennsylvania, United States and
became famous as a music director, musician and composer.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: The Anchor Holds
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): William Clark Martin (December 25, 1864
to August 30, 1914)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Daniel Brink Towner (April 5, 1850 to
October 3, 1919)
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Though the angry surges roll On my tempest driven soul"
First Publication Date:
The Anchor Holds Lyrics
Though the angry surges roll
On my tempest driven soul,
I am peaceful, for I know,
Wildly though the winds may blow,
I've an anchor safe and sure,
That can evermore endure.
And it holds, my anchor holds:
Blow your wildest, then, O gale,
On my bark so small and frail;
By His grace I shall not fail,
For my anchor holds, my anchor holds.
Mighty tides about me sweep,
Perils lurk within the deep,
Angry clouds o'ershade the sky,
And the tempest rises high;
Still I stand the tempest's shock,
For my anchor grips the rock.
I can feel the anchor fast
As I meet each sudden blast,
And the cable, though unseen,
Bears the heavy strain between;
Through the storm I safely ride,
Till the turning of the tide.
Troubles almost 'whelm the soul;
Griefs like billows o'er me roll;
Tempters seek to lure astray;
Storms obscure the light of day:
But in Christ I can be bold,
I've an anchor that shall hold.