Awake, my soul, to joyful laysAuthor: Samuel Medley (1782)
Tune: LOVING-KINDNESS (Caldwell)
Published in 933 hymnals
Printable scores: SibeliusAudio files: MIDI
1 Awake, my soul, to joyful lays,
And sing thy great Redeemer’s praise;
He justly claims a song from me,
His loving-kindness O how free!
2 He saw me ruined in the fall,
Yet loved me, notwithstanding all;
He saved me from my lost estate;
His loving-kindness O how great!
3 Though numerous hosts of mighty foes,
Though earth and hell my way oppose,
He safely leads my soul along,
His loving-kindness O how strong!
4 When trouble, like a gloomy cloud,
Has gathered thick, and thundered loud,
He near my soul has always stood,
His loving-kindness O how good!
5 Often I feel my sinful heart
Prone from my Jesus to depart;
But though I have him oft forgot,
His loving-kindness changes not.
6 Soon shall I pass the gloomy vale,
Soon all my mortal powers must fail;
O! may my last expiring breath
His loving-kindness sing in death.
7 Then let me mount and soar away,
To the bright worlds of endless day,
And sing with rapture and surprise,
His loving-kindness in the skies.
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799
|First Line:||Awake, my soul, to joyful lays|
|Title:||Awake, My Soul, to Joyful Lays|
|Author:||Samuel Medley (1782)|
|Meter:||220.127.116.11 with refrain|
Awake, my soul, in [to] joyful lays. S. Medley. [Love of God.] Appeared in J. H. Meyer's Collection of Hymns for Lady Huntingdon's Chapel, Cumberland Street, Shoreditch, 1782, and again in Medley's Hymns, Bristol and Bradford, 1785, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines. In 1787 it was included, with the omission of one stanza in Rippon's Baptist Selection, 1787, No. 13, and again by the author in his Hymns, &c, 1800, with the addition of stanza 4, and the transposing of stanzas v. and vi. The versions in common use are that of Rippon. 1787, in 7 stanzas, and a selection therefrom, in 5 stanzas. It is also in use in America. Original text in Lyra Britannica, 1867.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (2)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Living Hymns #12||Awake, my soul, in joyful lays||[Awake, my soul, to joyful lays]||1988|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #183||Awake, my soul, in joyful lays||Awake, My Soul, in Joyful Lays||Samuel Medley||18.104.22.168 with refrain||Psalm 36:7||LOVING-KINDNESS||G Major||English||1990|