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554. The ribs and terrors in the whale

1. The ribs and terrors in the whale,
Arched over me a dismal gloom,
While all God's sun-lit waves rolled by,
And lift me deepening down to doom.

2. I saw the opening maw of hell,
With endless pains and sorrows there;
Which none but they that feel can tell —
Oh, I was plunging to despair.

3. In black distress, I called my God,
When I could scarce believe him mine,
He bowed his ear to my complaints —
No more the whale did me confine.

4. With speed he flew to my relief,
As on a radiant dolphin borne;
Awful, yet bright as lightning shone
The face of my Deliverer God.

5. My song for ever shall record
That terrible, that joyful hour;
I give the glory to my God,
His all the mercy and the power.

Text Information
First Line: The ribs and terrors in the whale
Title: The ribs and terrors in the whale
Author: Herman Melville (1851?)
Publication Date: 2009
Scripture: Psalm 18:5-6
Topic: God the Savior
Source: Moby-Dick, or the Whale, ch. 9
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: OLD 100TH
Composer (attributed to): Loys Bourgeois (1551)



Media
MIDI file: Old 100th
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