Arise, my soul, stretch forth to things eternal

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1 Arise, my soul, arise!
Stretch forth to things eternal
And haste thee to the feet of thy Redeemer God.
Though hid from mortal eyes,
He dwells in light supernal,
Yet worship him in humbleness and own him Lord.
His banquet of love
Awaits thee above;
Behold, the marriage festal of the Lamb is come!
Rejoice, my soul, rejoice,
To heaven lift up thy voice:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

2 List to the harps of heave!
Hark to the song victorious,
The never-ending anthem sounding through the sky.
To mortals is not given
To chant its strains all-glorious;
Yet sing, my soul, the praise of him who reigns on high.
Who bought with his Blood
The ransomed of God;
To him be everlasting power and victory.
And let the great Amen
Resound through heaven again.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


Source: Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church in America #180

Author: Johan Kahl

Johan Kahl was born 26 June 1721 in Visby, the capital of Gothland island. He worked as a chamber clerk. After moving to Stockholm he drowned in a boat voyage to Sandholm on 9 September 1746. Kahl was a pietist. About 50 of his hymns can be found in Songs of Sion. Tapani Annila Go to person page >

Translator (English): Ernest E. Ryden

Ernest Edwin Ryden is a distinguished Lutheran clergyman who has been a life-long student of hymns. At present he is pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church in North Grosvenordale, Connecticut. This is the latest of a long series of services he has rendered in the Lutheran Church. For twenty-seven years he was editor of "The Lutheran Companion," the official organ of the former Augustana Lutheran Church. His contributions to hymnody were many. He was a member of the Committee which created the Augustana Hymnal of 1925 to which he contributed eight original hymns and translations. He was co-editor of the Junior Hymnal for which he wrote a number of hymns. He was secretary of the committee which prepared the Service Book and Hymnal. Here again he h… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Arise, my soul, stretch forth to things eternal
Author: Johan Kahl
Translator (English): Ernest E. Ryden (alt.)
Meter: P M
Source: Halullisten Sjeluhen Hengelliset Laulut, 1790, Finnish tr.
Language: Finnish, English
Copyright: © 1958 Service Book and Hymnal, admin. Augsburg Fortress



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