Awake, my soul, stretch every nerveAuthor: Philip Doddridge (1755)
Tune: CHRISTMAS (Handel)
Published in 968 hymnals
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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
|First Line:||Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve|
|Author:||Philip Doddridge (1755)|
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)
|Instances (1 - 6 of 6)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #546||Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve||Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve||SIROË||Philip Doddridge, 1702-1751||86. 866||1985|
|Rejoice in the Lord #474||Awake, My Soul, Stretch Every Nerve||Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve||ST. FULBERT||Philip Doddridge||CM||1 Corinthians 9:24; Philippians 3:13-14; Hebrews 12:1; Revelation 3:21; Revelation 4:10||1985||Call and Response | ; Faith and Aspiration | ; Pilgrimage and Conflict ||
|Small Church Music #1998||Christmas||Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve||CHRISTMAS||Philip Doddridge||188.8.131.52.6|
|The Cyber Hymnal #316||Awake, My Soul, Stretch Every Nerve||Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve||CHRISTMAS||Philip Doddridge, 1702-1751||CM||Published posthumously in <cite>Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures</cite>, by Job Orton (J. Eddowes and J. Cotton, 1755)|
|The New Century Hymnal #491||Awake, My Soul, Stretch Every Nerve||Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve||CHRISTMAS||Philip Doddridge, 1702-1751||C.M.||2 Timothy 4:7-8; Philippians 3:12-14; Hebrews 12:1||1995||Discipleship | ; Faith and Aspiration | ; Pilgrimage | ; Year A | Tuesday in Holy Week; Year A | Wednesday in Holy Week; Year A | Proper 22; Year A | Proper 28; Year B | Tuesday in Holy Week; Year B | Wednesday in Holy Week; Year C | Lent 5; Year C | Tuesday in Holy Week; Year C | Wednesday in Holy Week; Year C | Proper 25; Zeal ||
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #576||Awake, My Soul, Stretch Every Nerve||Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve||CHRISTMAS||Philip Doddridge||C.M.rep.||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||1990||The Christian Life | Christian Warfare; Pilgrimage and Guidance | ; The Christian Race | ; Rewards ||