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Jesus at the Helm

Frail is my bark and stormy is the ocean

Author: Josephine Pollard
Tune: [Frail is my bark and stormy is the ocean]
Published in 5 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Frail is my bark, and stormy is the ocean;
How can I hope to stem the rushing tide?
How can I face the billows’ wild commotion?
Dangers are theat’ning me on every side.

With Jesus at the helm, I shall journey safely over,
Though the storm is raging and the billows foam;
With Jesus at the helm, I shall journey safely over,
And find a refuge from the storm when Heav’n is my home.

2 Though weak my faith, there’s One whose love unfailing
Will cast a brightness over sight so dim;
His strength, for all my frailties still availing,
Will make me feel the love I owe to Him. [Refrain]

3 Frail is my bark, but Jesus is beside me,
E’en through the night I see His glorious form;
With Him to cheer, to strengthen and to guide me,
My soul will calmly brave the darkest storm. [Refrain]

Source: The Bright Array #52

Author: Josephine Pollard

Josephine Pollard USA 1834-1892. Born at NYC, NY, one of seven children and daughter of an architect, she attended an exclusive girls school, Spingler Institute, and was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church. She was a founding member of the professional women’s club, Sorosis. She never married. She became an author, poet, and hymnist, writing many children’s books and for children’s magazines, including Harper’s, Scribner’s, and the New York Ledger. She wrote 44 books, mostly religious, for children, but also about history, birds, sports and games, and adventure stories. She also wrote 100+ hymn lyrics as well. She worked as an editor for the Sunday School Times and for the Methodist Book Concern, where she edited… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Frail is my bark and stormy is the ocean
Title: Jesus at the Helm
Author: Josephine Pollard
Language: English
Refrain First Line: With Jesus at the helm
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 5 of 5)
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Hymns and Songs for Children's Worship, Together with Selections for Anniversary and Festive Occasions #127

Songs of Praise #d22

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The Bright Array #52

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The New Golden Shower #105

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