AWAKE, my soul, and with the sun
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."