Christ My Song - 1428
Why those fears? behold 'tis Jesus
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Why those fears? behold 'tis Jesus.
"What manner of man is this, that even
the wind and the sea obey him?" (Mark 4,41)
1. Why those fears? behold 'tis Jesus
holds the helm, and guides the ship:
spread the sails, and catch the breezes
sent to waft us through the deep,
to the regions
where the mourners cease to weep.
2. Could we stay where death was hov'ring?
Could we rest on such a shore?
No, the awful truth discov'ring,
we could linger there no more:
we forsake it;
leaving all we loved before.
3. Though the shore we hope to land on
only by report is known,
yet we freely all abandon,
led by that report alone;
and with Jesus
through the trackless deep move on.
4. Led by that, we brave the ocean;
led by that, the storms defy;
calm amidst tumultuous motion,
knowing that our Lord is nigh:
waves obey him,
and the storms before him fly.
5. Rendered safe by his protection,
we shall pass the wat'ry waste;
trusting to his wise direction,
we shall gain the port at last;
and with wonder,
think on toils and dangers past.
6. O! what pleasures there await us!
There the tempests cease to roar:
there it is that those who hate us
can molest our peace no more:
on that tranquil, happy shore.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 271.