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leans down from heaven to draw the naked sinner out of a dragon's
mouth beneath the sea.With his rod he attacks the dragon's mouth.
The sinner clutches desperately to Christ's head and garment. God
come to my aid: Lord make haste to help me. Let them be thrown into
confusion and be ashamed: that seek my soul.The sinner
is being saved as requested and the enemy thrown into confusion, but
the image of drowning and the snake are beyond the text. The dragon
represents the jaws of Satan, and the sea with fish represent the
vices of the world, according to St Augustine (PL, xxxvi, 780)
The psalmist clutches a book with the words In you lord I have hoped.
With his pointing finger he communicates his hopes directly to God
above who leans down, blessing.
are underdrawings of two fish in the sea.
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