Awake! O Church of God, Awake!

Awake, Jerusalem, awake

Author: Charles Wesley
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1 Awake, Jerusalem, awake,
No longer in thy sins lie down:
The garment of salvation take,
Thy beauty and thy strength put on.

2 Shake off the dust that blinds thy sight,
And hides the promise from thine eyes,
Arise and struggle into light,
Thy great Deliverer calls, Arise!

3 Shake off the bands of sad despair,
Zion assert thy liberty,
Look up, thy broken heart prepare,
And God shall set the captive free.

4 Vessels of mercy, sons of grace,
Be purged from every sinful stain,
Be like your Lord, his word embrace,
Nor bear his hallowed name in vain.

5 The Lord shall in your front appear,
And lead the pompous triumph on;
His glory shall bring up the rear,
And perfect what his grace begun.

A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors, Supplementary for the Use of Christians. 1st ed., 1816

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

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First Line: Awake, Jerusalem, awake
Title: Awake! O Church of God, Awake!
Author: Charles Wesley
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Awake, O Church of God, awake


Awake, Jerusalem, awake. C. Wesley. [Exhortation.] A paraphrase of Isaiah lii., which appeared in the Wesley Psalms and Hymns, 1741, in 28 stanzas of 4 lines, C.M. divided into three parts. Two centos from this are in common use in America. (1) The American Methodist Episcopal Collection, N. Y., 1849, composed of stanzas i., iii. and iv. of Pt. i, and stanza ii. of Pt. iii. (2) Hymn Book of the Evangelical Association, Cleveland, O., 1882; the same stanzas with the addition of stanza iv., Pt. iii. The poem as given in the Poetical Works of J. and C. Wesley, 1868-72, vol. ii. pp. 168-173, has 4 stanzas in L.M. added to Pt. ii. These stanzas were first published in the First series of Hymns on God's Everlasting Love, 1741. Being a part of the same chapter in Isaiah they were omitted from the reprint of the Hymns, &c, and incorporated with this poem, in the Poetical Works, vol. ii., 1860.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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