When Israel, press'd by Pharaoh, stood

When Israel, press'd by Pharaoh, stood

Author: James Montgomery
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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.

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Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… 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)