My Pilot

O'er a trackless sea I'm sailing

Author: Grant Colfax Tullar (1907)
Tune: [Over a trackless sea I'm sailing]
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1 O’er a trackless sea I’m sailing,
Often tempest toss’d,
With no star of hope to guide me lest I stray;
But I find I have a Friend,
Who will guide me to the end,
For my Saviour safely pilots all the way.

I shall rest in safety o’er the harbor bar,
And my Pilot’s blessed face I’ll see;
All the storms of life shall then be safely past,
Oh, what glory that will be!

2 There are rocks of doubt before me
As I onward go,
And the billows oft my fragile bark assail;
But no danger will I fear,
Tho’ they may be hidden near,
For my Pilot at the helm can never fail. [Refrain]

3 Oft the tempest, wildly beating,
Fills my heart with fear,
As I seek to gain the harbor bright and fair;
But there comes to me sweet peace,
All my doubt and fear shall cease,
For I know my Pilot guides me safely there. [Refrain]

4 Storms may gather wildly round me,
And the tempest rage,
And the beacon lights along the shore be dim;
Yet my heart will not dismay,
I will wait the dawning day,
While my Pilot’s at the hem I’ll trust in Him. [Refrain]

Source: The Kingdom of Praise #45

Author: Grant Colfax Tullar

Grant Colfax Tullar was born August 5, 1869, in Bolton, Connecticut. He was named after the American President Ulysses S. Grant and Vice President Schuyler Colfax. After the American Civil War, his father was disabled and unable to work, having been wounded in the Battle of Antietam. Tullar's mother died when he was just two years old so Grant had no settled home life until he became an adult. Yet from a life of sorrow and hardship he went on to bring joy to millions of Americans with his songs and poetry. As a child, he received virtually no education or religious training. He worked in a woolen mill and as a shoe clerk. The last Methodist camp meeting in Bolton was in 1847. Tullar became a Methodist at age 19 at a camp meeting near Wat… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O'er a trackless sea I'm sailing
Title: My Pilot
Author: Grant Colfax Tullar (1907)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: I shall rest in safety o'er the harbor bar
Copyright: Public Domain



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