TTT-Himnaro Cigneta (al la titolpagxo)

(en angla lingvo)

The ribs and terrors in the whale

The cords of Sheol entangled me, the snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears. : Psalm 18:5-6

Author : Herman MELVILLE, c. 1851
paraphasing Death, and the terrors of the grave,
metrical adaptation of Psalm 18 by Isaac WATTS

Source : Moby-Dick, chapter 9

  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.

Tune : OLD 100TH
Attr. to Loys BOURGEOIS, 1551

We have sung Melville’s text in worship at Fremont Baptist (Seattle),
and it is a constituent of my "comic worship oratorio" Jonah was a Prophet (Minor)

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