1 Jesus at thy command
I launch into the deep
And leave my native land,
Where sin lulls all asleep;
For thee I would the world resign,
And sail to heaven with thee and thine.
2 Thou art my Pilot, wise,
My compass in thy word;
My soul each storm defies,
While I have such a Lord;
I'll trust thy faithfulness and power,
To save me in the trying hour.
3 Though rock and quicksands deep
Through all all my passage lie,
Yet Christ will safely keep,
And guard me with his eye;
My anchor, hope, will firm abide,
And every boisterous storm outride.
4 By faith I see the land,
The port of endless rest;
Through grace I hope to stand
And sing among the blest.
O may I reach the heavenly shore,
Where winds and waves distress no more.
5 Whene'er becalmed I lie,
When wind and storm subside,
Then to my succor fly,
And keep me near thy side;
For more the treacherous calm I dread
Than tempests bursting o'er my head.
6 Come, heavenly wind, and blow
A prosperous gale of grace;
Waft me from all below,
To heaven, my destined place;
There, in full sail, my port I'll find,
And leave the world and sin behind.
Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #785
Jesus, at Thy command. [Life a Voyage—Christ the Pilot.] This hymn is in an undated edition of Lady Huntingdon's Collection of Hymns, published at Bath about 1774. It is No. 136, in 7 stanzas of 6 lines. It is also given in Coughlan's 1775 Appendix to J. Bazlee's [q. v.] Select Collection of Psalms & Hymns, No. 311, where it is entitled, "The Believer's Pilot.” In 1776 it reappeared in A. M. Toplady's Psalms & Hymns, No. 312, in De Courcy's Collection, 2nd edition, 1782, and again in later hymn-books. In modern collections it is sometimes attributed to Toplady, and again to De Courcy (q. v.), but in error. It is associated with the Lady Huntingdon Connexion from the first, and is possibly by one of that denomination. A part of this hymn is given in the American Church Pastorals, Boston, 1864, as, "By faith, I see the land." It begins with stanza v., and is taken from Toplady's Psalms & Hymns, as above.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)