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The Anchor Holds Lyrics and Music

The reverent words and lyrics of the popular hymn begin with "Though the angry surges roll On my tempest driven soul" as the first line of the hymn. The words and lyrics of the "The Anchor Holds" hymn were written by its American author William Clark Martin. The author of the hymn, William Clark Martin, was born on December 25, 1864 and died on August 30, 1914. The exhilarating music that accompanies the "The Anchor Holds" song of praise was composed by Daniel Brink Towner.  The composer of the music to the "The Anchor Holds" hymn, Daniel Brink Towner, was born on April 5, 1850 and died on October 3, 1919. We have placed "The Anchor Holds" in the category of Christian Songs. Enjoy the rousing lyrics of this popular Christian song and classic church hymn.

The Anchor Holds Hymn
Title: The Anchor Holds *** Name of Composer: Daniel Brink Towner *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: William Clark Martin *** Hymns Category: Christian Songs



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 Hymn
Title of Hymn: The Anchor Holds
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): William Clark Martin (December 25, 1864 to August 30, 1914)
Nationality of Author: American

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: 1902


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.


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