In fear of death they cried aloud
and, clinging fast
to wet ropes straining on the
they gazed in stricken terror at
that now, unchained in sudden fury, lashed the ship.
'0 gods eternal, excellent,
provoked to anger,
help us, or give a sign, that we
who has offended you by secret
by breach of oath, or heedless blasphemy, or murder,
who brings us to disaster by
misdeed still hidden,
to make a paltry profit for his
Thus they besought. And Jonah
I sinned before the Lord 0£ hosts. My life is forfeit.
Cast me away! My guilt must bear
the wrath of God;
the righteous shall not perish
with the sinner !'
They trembled. But with hands that
knew no weakness
they cast the offender from their midst. The sea stood still.