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 is thy word;
My soul each storm defies,
While I have such a Lord!
I trust thy faithfulness and power
To save me in the trying hour.
3 Though rocks and quicksands deep
Through all my passage lie;
Yet Christ will safely keep,
And guide me with his eye;
My anchor, hope, shall firm abide,
And every boisterous storm outride.
4 By faith I see the land,
The port of endless rest;
My soul, thy sails expand,
And fly to Jesu's breast!
O may I reach the heavenly shore,
Where winds and waves distress no more!
5 Whene'er becalmed I lie,
And storms forbear to toss;
Be thou, dear Lord, still nigh,
Lest I should suffer loss:
For more the treacherous calm I dread,
Than tempest bursting o'er my head.
6 Come, Holy Ghost, and blow
A prosperous gale of grace,
Waft me from all below,
To heaven my destined place!
Then in full sail, my port I'll find,
And leave the world and sin behind.
Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians, 1803
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)