Awake, my-soul, and with the sun

A Morning Hymn.




AWAKE, my soul, and with the sun
Thy daily stage of duty run :
Shake off dull sloth, and joyful rise
To pay thy morning sacrifice.

2 Thy precious time misspent redeem;
Each present day thy last esteem;
Improve thy talent with due care;
For the great day thyself prepare.

3 By influence of the light Divine
Let thy own light to others shine;
Reflect all heaven's propitious rays
In ardent love and cheerful praise.

4 Wake and lift up thyself, my heart,
And with the angels bear thy part,
Who all night long, unwearied, sing
High praise to the Eternal King.

5 All praise to Thee, who safe has kept,
And hast refreshed me whilst I slept:
Grant, Lord, when I from death shall wake,
I may of endless light partake.

6 Direct, control, suggest, this day,
All I design, or do, or say;
That all my powers, with all their might,
In Thy sole glory may unite.

7 Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

This is the other of Bishop Ken's immortal hymns, spoken of under No. 4. There are 14 verses in all. The last verse (it is the last verse of No. 4 also) is used separately as " The Long-metre Doxology " and is oftener sung than any verse in the language. In Harper's Magazine for December, 1897, Richard Harding Davis gives an account of its splendid effect as sung at the Queen's Jubilee open-air service before St. Paul's Cathedral in London in June of that year. " There were ten thousand people singing ' Praise God from whom all blessings flow' as loudly as they could, and with tears running down their faces. There were princesses standing up in their carriages, and black men from the Gold Coast, Mahara-jabs from India, and red-coated Tommies, and young men who will inherit kingdoms and empires, and archbishops, and cynical old diplomats, and soldiers and sailors from the ' land of the palm and the pine' and from the Seven Seas, and women and men who were just subjects of the Queen and who were content with that. There was probably never before such a moment in which so many races of people, of so many castes, and of such different values to this world, sang praises to God at one time and in one place and with one heart."