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What ship is this that will take us all home,

Poet: Bryan’s Songster’s Companion, 1837; Alt. The Sacred Harp, 1860
Meter: 10s Half (10,10)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
1
What ship is this that will take us all home,
Oh! glory, hallelujah!
And safely land us on Canaan’s bright shore?
Oh! glory, hallelujah!

(Chorus)


The Old Ship of Zion 79, Stanza 1

The Old Ship of Zion 79, Stanza 1
Chorus
Oh! the old ship of Zion, hallelu’, hallelu’,
Oh! the old ship of Zion, hallelujah!


The Old Ship of Zion 79, Chorus

The Old Ship of Zion 79, 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)


The Old Ship of Zion 79, Stanza 2

The Old Ship of Zion 79, Stanza 2
3
She landed all who are gone before,
Oh! glory, hallelujah!
And yet she’s able to land still more.
Oh! glory, hallelujah!

(Chorus)


The Old Ship of Zion 79, Stanza 3

The Old Ship of Zion 79, Stanza 3
4
No wrecks on sand-bars or dangers attend,
Oh! glory, hallelujah!
For Jesus is our Captain and Friend.
Oh! glory, hallelujah!

(Chorus)



The Old Ship of Zion 79, Stanza 4
5
She’s waiting now for a heavenward gale,
Oh! glory, hallelujah!
Methinks I see her now hoisting her sail.
Oh! glory, hallelujah!

(Chorus)



The Old Ship of Zion 79, Stanza 5
6
Her sails are spread, see how swiftly she moves,
Oh! glory, hallelujah!
Her landing harbor is Heaven above.
Oh! glory, hallelujah!

(Chorus)



The Old Ship of Zion 79, Stanza 6
7
What will the glad Christians do when above,
Oh! glory, hallelujah!
They’ll shout, they’ll sing, they’ll be wrapt up in love.
Oh! glory, hallelujah!

(Chorus)



The Old Ship of Zion 79, Stanza 7
8
Should you arrive there then before I do,
Oh! glory, hallelujah!
Inform them that I am coming there too.
Oh! glory, hallelujah!

(Chorus)



The Old Ship of Zion 79, Stanza 8
9
If I arrive there then before you do,
Oh! glory, hallelujah!
I’ll tell them that you are coming up too.
Oh! glory, hallelujah!

(Chorus)


The Old Ship of Zion 79, Stanza 4


This hymn poem is a rewritten variation of WHAT ship is this,, published in David Bryan’s The Songster’s Companion: A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Lately Compiled from Various Authors, For the Use and Benefit of All People in 1837.
White, B. F. and E. J. King. The Sacred Harp. Third Edition. Philadelphia: Published by S. C. Collins, 1860.