The Christian's Spiritual Voyage

Jesus, at thy command

Author: Augustus Toplady
Tune: HADDAM
Published in 170 hymnals

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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

Author: Augustus Toplady

Toplady, Augustus Montague, the author of "Rock of Ages," was born at Farnham, Surrey, November 4, 1740. His father was an officer in the British army. His mother was a woman of remarkable piety. He prepared for the university at Westminster School, and subsequently was graduated at Trinity College, Dublin. While on a visit in Ireland in his sixteenth year he was awakened and converted at a service held in a barn in Codymain. The text was Ephesians ii. 13: "But now, in Christ Jesus, ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ." The preacher was an illiterate but warm-hearted layman named Morris. Concerning this experience Toplady wrote: "Strange that I, who had so long sat under the means of grace in England, should b… Go to person page >

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First Line: Jesus, at thy command
Title: The Christian's Spiritual Voyage
Author: Augustus Toplady
Language: English

Notes

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)

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