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The Old Ship of Zion 79

The Sacred Harp, 1991 (Denson) Edition

Composer: Dr. Thomas W. Carter, 1844
Poet: Bryanís Songsterís Companion, 1837; Alt. The Sacred Harp, 1860
Meter: 10s Half (10,10)
Stanza Poetry Source by First Line
1
What ship is this that will take us all home,
Oh, glory hallelujah,
And safely land us on Canaanís bright shore?
Oh, glory hallelujah.

(Chorus)


What ship is this that will take us all home,, Stanza 1
Chorus
íTis the old ship of Zion, hallelu, hallelu;
íTis the old ship of Zion, hallelujah.


What ship is this that will take us all home,, Chorus
2
The winds may blow and the billows may foam,
Oh, glory hallelujah,
But she is able to land us all home.
Oh, glory hallelujah.

(Chorus)


What ship is this that will take us all home,, Stanza 2
3
She landed all who have gone before,
Oh, glory hallelujah,
And yet she is able to land still more,
Oh, glory hallelujah.

(Chorus)


What ship is this that will take us all home,, Stanza 3
4
If I arrive there, then, before you do,
Oh, glory hallelujah,
Iíll tell them that you are coming up, too,
Oh, glory hallelujah.

(Chorus)


What ship is this that will take us all home,, Stanza 9