12598. When We Are Raised From Deep Distress

1 When we are raised from deep distress,
Our God deserves a song;
We take the pattern of our praise
From Hezekiah’s tongue.

2 The gates of the devouring grave
Are opened wide in vain,
If He that holds the keys of death
Commands them fast again.

3 Pains of the flesh are wont t’abuse
Our minds with slavish fears:
Our days are past, and we shall lose
The remnant of our years.

4 We chatter with a swallow’s voice,
Or like a dove we mourn,
With bitterness instead of joys,
Afflicted and forlorn.

5 Jehovah speaks the healing word,
And no disease withstands;
See fevers, plagues obey the Lord,
And fly at His commands.

6 If half the strings of life should break,
He can our frame restore;
He casts our sins behind His back,
And they are found no more.

Text Information
First Line: When we are raised from deep distress
Title: When We Are Raised From Deep Distress
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: CM
Language: English
Source: Hymns and Spiritual Songs Book 1, 1707, alt.
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tunes: DALEHURST by Arthur Cottman, DUNDEE from Scottish "Psalter," 1615
Tune Information
Composer: James Walch (1860)
Meter: CM
Key: B♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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