• Duration: 4 minutes
  • Soloist(s): Soprano
  • Chorus: SATB or SSAA
  • Instrumentation: Piano OR Strings & Harp
  • Published by: Novello

From the Number One selling album Angel, this piece is an extract of a larger work The Angel of Mons and is adapted from the words of Psalm 130.  The Angel of Mons is a choral work describing the apparition of an angel to British soldiers in the first battle of the First World War.

Out of the Depths first conveys the prayers of the wives, fiancées and mothers left at home: the angel responds with words of reassurance. Next, the soldiers themselves sing of their longing for divine assistance.  The angel appears once more as the prayers of the men and women alike combine in a final climax.  The piece subsides into quiet prayer asking the Lord for mercy.

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Out of the depths Lord,
Lord hear our voice,
Hear our supplication.

Wait for the Lord,
With Him is mercy.
He shall redeem his people.

More than the watchmen
My soul waits for Him
Before the morning watch.

With Him is plenteous redemption.
Trust in the Lord.

Words: adapted by Andrew Hawes (1954 –   ) from Psalm 130