The Titanic sank four hours after that distress call at 2:26 Newfoundland Time, April 15, 1912. Easter had been celebrated aboard the ship a week earlier on April 7th.
As depicted in both Titanic movies, the Bandmaster took control of the panic and dismay and tried to alleviate with song. He chose fittingly, Hold Me Up in Mighty Waters, ” though according to survivor Mr. Harold Bride many thought it was the ironic “Nearer My God to Thee.”
The song, actually titled “Autumn ” occurs in the Episcopalian hymn book. It can be heard here on Youtube from the eponymous Broadway musical. Here are the words to sing along.
God of mercy and compassion!
Look with pity on my pain;
Hear a mournful, broken spirit
Prostrate at Thy feet complain;
Many are my foes, and mighty;
Strength to conquer I have none;
Nothing can uphold my goings,.
But Thy blessed Self alone.
Savior, look on Thy beloved,
Triumph over all my foes;
Turn to heavenly joy my mourning.,
Turn to gladness all my woes;
Live or die, or work or suffer,
Let my weary soul abide,
In all changes whatsoever,
Sure and steadfast by Thy side.
When temptations fierce assault me,
When my enemies I find,
Sin and guilt, and death and Satan,
All against my soul combined;
Hold me up in mighty waters,
Keep my eyes on things above,
Righteousness, divine Atonement,
Peace, and everlasting Love.
The Final Titanic Chart
Was the bandmaster correct that music would calm the savage beast of angst? A glimpse at the final chart suggests Yes as Pluto and Mars become subdued by the Sun, Mercury and Saturn. The apex is now at Jupiter showing Courage started to sweep the decks and the head of the Yod — undrawn — lays in the Fourth house of end of life.
Things are calmer now and the Ascendant at 02.58 Aquarius, a symbol of a “Deserter from the Navy,” has the keyword of Defiance with the suggestion of “Genuine psychological courage.” Excellent news indeed.