1 If Paul in Cæsar's court must stand,
He need not fear the sea;
Secured from harm, on every hand,
By the divine decree.
2 Although the ship wherein he sailed,
By dreadful storms was tossed;
The promise over all prevailed,
And not a life was lost.
3 Jesus! the God whom Paul adored,
Who saves in time of need;
Was then confessed by all on board,
A present help indeed!
4 Though neither sun nor stars were seen
Paul knew the Lord was near;
And faith preserved his soul serene,
When others shook with fear.
5 Believers thus are tossed about
On life's tempestuous main;
But grace assures beyond a doubt
They shall their port attain.
6 They must, they shall appear one day,
Before their Savior's throne;
The storms they meet with by the way,
But make his power known.
7 Their passage lies across the brink
Of many a threatening wave;
The world expects to see them sink,
But Jesus lives to save.
8 Lord, though we are but feeble worms,
Yet since thy word is past;
We'll venture through a thousand storms,
To see thy face at last.
The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791
If Paul in Caesar's court must stand. J. Newton. [St. Paul's Voyage.] Given in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Bk. i., No. 125, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines. It is not usually found in common use in its full form. A part of the hymn beginning with stanza v., "Believers now are tossed about," was given in the Edinburgh Hymns for the Tabernacles, 1800, and in Dr. Alexander's Augustine Hymn Book, 1849 and 1865.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)