Awake, my soul, stretch every nerveAuthor: Philip Doddridge (1755)
Tune: CHRISTMAS (Handel)
Published in 958 hymnals
1 Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve,
And press with vigor on;
A heavenly race demands thy zeal,
And an immortal crown.
2 'Tis God's all animating voice,
That calls thee from on high;
'Tis his own hand presents the prize
To thine aspiring eye.
3 A cloud of witnesses around,
Hold thee in full survey;
Forget the steps already trod,
And onward urge thy way.
4 Blessed Savior, introduced by thee,
Have we our race begun;
And crown'd with victory, at thy feet
We lay our laurels down.
Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs: for the use of religious assemblies and private Christians 1800
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Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve. P. Doddridge. [Confirmation.] This hymn is not given in the "D. MSS." It was first published by J. Orton in his edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 296, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "Pressing on in the Christian Race." It was repeated in all subsequent editions of the Hymns, and also in Doddridge's Scripture Hymns, edited by J. Doddridge Humphreys, 1839. One of the earliest collections in which it is found is Ash and Evans's Bristol Collection, 1769, No. 281, with the omission of st. iv. ”That prize," &c. From that date it came into general use, sometimes in 4 stanzas, and again in 5 stanzas until it became widely known both in Great Britain and America. In modern collections it is held in greater favour by those of the Church of England than those of Nonconformists. Full original text in the New Congregational Hymn Book, No. 617, and the 4 stanza form unaltered, in Hymnal Companion, No. 452. In the latter collection the editor suggests that in Confirmation it be sung after the benedictory prayer, “Defend, O Lord, this Thy servant," &c. This 4 stanza arrangement has been rendered into Latin:—"Sursum, mens mea! Strenué," by the Rev. R. Bingham, and given in his Hymnologia Christina Latina, 1871, pp. 101-103. A slightly altered form of the hymn, as “Awake, our souls, awake from sloth" is given in a few hymnals, including Walker's Cheltenham Collection, 1855 and 1881.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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|Instances (4)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #546||Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve||Philip Doddridge, 1702-1751||George Frideric Handel, 1685-1759||188.8.131.52.6||SIROË||D Major||English||1985|
|Rejoice in the Lord #474||Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve||Awake, My Soul, Stretch Every Nerve||Philip Doddridge||H. J. Gauntlett||184.108.40.206||1 Corinthians 9:24; Philippians 3:13-14; Hebrews 12:1; Revelation 3:21; Revelation 4:10||ST. FULBERT||D Major||English||1985|
|The New Century Hymnal #491||Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve||Awake, My Soul, Stretch Every Nerve||Philip Doddridge, 1702-1751||G. F. Handel||220.127.116.11||2 Timothy 4:7-8; Philippians 3:12-14; Hebrews 12:1||CHRISTMAS||D Major||1995|
|Trinity Hymnal #576||Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve||Awake, My Soul, Stretch Every Nerve||Philip Doddridge||Lowell Mason; George Frederick Handel||18.104.22.168 with repeat||Hebrews 12:2; 2 Timothy 4:8; 1 Corinthians 9:24-25; Ephesians 6:10-11; Hebrews 12:1; Philippians 3:14; 1 Corinthians 9||CHRISTMAS||C Major||English||1990|