1. My soul in sad exile was out on life's sea, So burdened with sin, and distressed, Till I heard a sweet voice saying, "Make me your choice!" And I entered the Haven of Rest. 2. I yielded myself to His tender embrace, And faith taking hold of the Word, My fetters fell off, and I anchored my soul The "Haven of Rest" is my Lord. 3. The song of my soul, since the Lord made me whole, Has been the old story so blest Of Jesus, who'll save whosoever will have A home in the Haven of Rest! 4. O come to the Savior He patiently waits To save by His power divine; Come, anchor your soul in the Haven of Rest, And say, "My Beloved is mine." Chorus: I've anchored my soul in the Haven of Rest, I'll sail the wide seas no more; The tempest may sweep o'er the wild, stormy deep, In Jesus I'm safe ever more.
Lyrics: Henry Lake Gilmour
Music: George D. Moore
Tune: HAVEN OF REST
Henry L. Gilmour, 1836–1920
The author of this text, Henry Gilmour, came to the United States from Ireland as a teenager. He practiced dentistry for a number of years and then spent the last 25 years of his life as a gospel musician. He was a gifted soloist and was greatly respected as a choir director. “The Haven of Rest” first appeared in Sunlight Songs, published in 1890.