Why Thus My Soul Cast Down


Why thus, my soul, cast down?
And why disquieted?

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