Be Still, My Soul

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Words: Katharina von Schlegel (translated by Jane Borthwick)
Music: Jean Sibelius, from “Finlandia”
Arranged by Sally DeFord

(An SATB is on my to-do list. :))


Be still, my soul: The Lord is on thy side;
With patience bear they cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: Thy best, thy heav’nly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: Thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: The waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still my soul: The hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: When change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

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  16 Responses to “Be Still, My Soul”


    I have the personal composer demo, thank you. Can I get the pc version of this song so I can drop it down for one of my alto students to sing? I’m only seeing the pdf here. Thank you!


    Do you have Be Still My Soul in dmajor or d minor key?


    I searched the internet for an arrangement of this hymn to play with violin and harp and found yours! Thank you for sharing your beautiful arrangement. We shall be playing it as the offertory next Sabbath with the words up on screen for meditation. Thank you so much.


    Thank you Sally for making your arrangements available for us to use. It is so hard to find hymns that are solos and sound just enough different from the hymn book to keep the attention of those in sacrament meeting. I am looking forward to presenting this at the end of this month.


    Sheet music for this piece arranged for violin, cello (optional) and piano are available on Thanks Sister DeFord for the beautiful music you have blessed us all with!


    This arrangement of Be Still My Soul is so perfect for a funeral some friends and I have been asked to sing at this coming Saturday. However, the only versions of the sheet music I can see listed are the solo, the voice parts, and the flute? I’m not sure where the violin music is or how these all fit together. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

    Thank you so very much!



    Thank you so much for sharing all of this (mp3, sheet music for instrument and solo, etc.). It’s great to have all of this in one place!!! Looking forward to playing this at church next Sabbath. I know that I will be the first to be blessed.


    This is such a beautiful arrangement. I sang it in sacrament meeting one week, and really loved it. I also did a cover of it on you tube using this mp3. My friend has been in the hospital a long time, and she would often sing this song in her mind to help her through. She loved having this to listen to with me singing it on you tube the last few days of her life. I wish I would have thought to share it with her sooner. She loved the flute and had played it until her lungs wouldn’t let her do it anymore.

    Me and some other sisters in our ward will be singing this arrangement at her funeral. Another friend will be playing the flute and a brother from the ward, the piano. Thank you so much for making these available for people to use. It is a wonderful thing you do to share your arrangements like you do. May God bless you in your service and giving to others.

    I originally did this cover for my Dad for his birthday, but I was so grateful to have it to share with my friend while she was in the hospital. She loved hearing the flute. Here is the link if you would like to hear it. I am not the best singer in the world, but it is fun for those who love me.


    Thank you so much for your music pdfs. I have played a couple of the Christmas selections at our church, but this is by far my favorite. It makes a very lovely song to use at funeral services, either with a singer or simply as an instrumental piece.


    I am having trouble transposing Be Still My Soul. It will not download. Any tips? Need it for a funeral Friday.


    Sister Deford, thank you so much for the free downloadable pdf and mp3 accompaniments of the different choral music you have published. The SATB arrangements helps a lot in our church choir. Hope you will add more songs in different occasions. God Bless!!


    Sister DeFord, I’m sorry I couldn’t figure out how to transpose “Be Still, My Soul” as a solo. Could I get it starting in the key of D? It’s stunning.


    My DIL Sarah,and her friend Stacy sang this for a funeral a couple of weeks ago on very short notice(got the music Monday and sang on Thursday!). I got to accompany them!It went beautifully! Today they sang “A Believer’s Prayer at their church ,and it went even better!When we go on vacation to Iowa I am taking copies of this to my SIL who also sings .. Thank you so very much!


    Is there a leaders copy of sheet music that has the accompaniment plus the vocal parts all on the same copy? It’s difficult to add the vocal parts to the Solo copy so I know as a director when to bring the other parties in. Didn’t see that version in your available downloads.


    Am I able to transpose the Accompaniment Track to a different key? We want to sing this at our Stake Trek at the end of this month and for reading purposes, wondered if we are able to transpose it up or down a half step since it was recorded in (I think) E-flat. Personally, I wanted to play the violin part live and playing it in a four-flat key isn’t as easy as two-sharps, for example. But, I wanted to play the violin and the youth sing it to the recording. I know I can print it in any key, but I wondered if I can take the recording and also transpose that to any key.

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