Why thus, my soul, cast down?

Why thus, my soul, cast down?

Author: James Montgomery
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Why thus, my soul, cast down?
And why disquieted?
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Black though the tempest frown,
The surge pass o'er thy head;
Wait the fourth watch;--for One who saves
Comes to thee, walking on the waves.

Lord! Lord! if it be Thou,
Bid me come down to Thee;
Jesus! I know Thee now,
And walk upon the sea;
Faith fails; ah me! the gulf runs high,
Save, Lord, I sink! O save, I die!

I grasp thy outstretch'd hand;
We climb the vessel's side;
And lo! we touch the land,
The storm is pacified;
While winds and waves thy voice obey,
Oh! why am I more deaf than they?

Why, when I know Thy will
Is my salvation, Lord,
When Thou says't "Peace, be still!"
How can I doubt Thy word?
Speak with that all-commanding might,
Which said to darkness,--"Be thou light!"

Speak with that power, which said
To Peter, "Follow me!"
Call'd Lazarus from the dead;
Then must I yield to Thee,
For Thee, like Peter, all forsake.
Like Lazarus, from the dead awake.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

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: Why thus, my soul, cast down?
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 6.6.6.6.8.8
Language: English



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