When Israel, press'd by Pharaoh, stood

When Israel, press'd by Pharaoh, stood

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

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When Israel, press'd by Pharaoh, stood,
Affrighted, on the Red Sea shore,
At Thy rebuke, O Lord, the flood
Retired,--the ransom'd tribes pass'd o'er.

When Jonah was cast out to die,
And all Thy storms went o'er his head,
Thou, from the depths didst hear his cry,
And raise him thence as from the dead.

When Peter, walking on the wave,
Felt his faith fail, his footsteps sink,
Thy blessed Son was there to save,
And snatch'd him from destruction's brink.

Within Thy courts, great God, behold
A little grateful band appear;
O'er these the whelming waters roll'd,
but help was nigh, and they are here.

Here, in Thy courts, their vows to pay,
And praise Thee with their living breath;
Where had their spirits been this day,
Hadst Thou not rescued them from death?

Redeem'd from the devouring tomb,
Restored to life, and joy, and bliss;
O save them from a deeper gloom,
And to a happier world than this.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >

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First Line: When Israel, press'd by Pharaoh, stood
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


When Israel press'd by Pharaoh, stood. J. Montgomery. [Thanksgiving on being rescued from Drowning.] Published in his Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 529, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "For a Sermon before a Society for the Recovery of persons apparently Drowned." It was repeated in his Original Hymns, 1853, p. 308.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


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