Jesus, Saviour, pilot Me

In understanding this hymn, it helps to know that people of this era would have been familiar with the pilot boats in every harbor that guided ships coming from the sea into unfamiliar ports.

Verse 1:
Jesus, Saviour, pilot me,
Over life’s tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll,
Hiding rock and treach’rous shoal;
Chart and compass come from Thee,
Jesus, Saviour, pilot me.

Verse 2:
As a mother stills her child,
Thou canst still the ocean wild;
Boist’rous waves obey Thy will,
When thou say’st to them “Be still!”
Wondrous Sovereign of the sea,
Jesus, Saviour, pilot me.

Verse 3:
When at last I near the shore,
And the fearful breakers roar
‘Twixt me and the peaceful rest,
Then, while leaning on Thy breast,
May I hear Thee say to me,
“Fear not, I will pilot thee!”

Edward Hoffer/J. E. Gould

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