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Jesus, Saviour, Pilot Me by Bifrost Arts – Sunday Songs


Thanks to an insightful new church music blog by Bobby and Kristen Gilles, My Song In The Night, along with a few other places, this week I took the time to get to know the music of Bifrost Arts.
A part of the modern hymns movement, they have a website and their music is available at bandcamp, itunes and few other places.
One of the characteristics of Bifrost Arts that I like is that they want their songs to be able to be sung by congregations.
They’ve even made the leadsheets of their songs available for free download.
I’ve chosen Jesus, Saviour, Pilot Me as a song this week.
In addition to the biblical imagery (stronger in a couple of the hymns original verses) living in an area known as ‘the shipwreck coast’, I am amazed at how many shipwrecks there were in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The idea of peril on the sea and safety for those who sailed their were very real concerns.
Recognising the lesser relevance which maritime imagery has for contemporary people the hymn has left out a couple of the original verses and invoked a more personal appropriation of Christ’s guiding presence by very general and gentle biblical themes.

Here are the (ever so slightly revised) lyrics.
Jesus, Savior, pilot me
Over life’s tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll,
Hiding rock and treacherous shoal.
Chart and compass come from Thee;
Savior, pilot me.
Though the sea be smooth and bright,
Sparkling with the stars of night,
And my ship’s path be ablaze
With the light of halcyon days,
Still I know my need of Thee;
Savior, pilot me.
As a mother stills her child,
Thou canst hush the ocean wild;
Boisterous waves obey Thy will,
When Thou sayest to them, “Be still!”
Wondrous Sovereign of the sea,
Savior, pilot me.
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,
“I will pilot thee.”

Lyrics: Anonymous, Early 20th Century, Public Domain
Arranged by Isaac Wardell and John Totten
(c) 2008 New Jerusalem Music

And here’s a lovely animated clip of the hymn, featuring the track from the Bifrost Arts album Come, O Spirit!

2 thoughts on “Jesus, Saviour, Pilot Me by Bifrost Arts – Sunday Songs

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