Awake, My Soul, to Joyful Lays

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1 Awake, my soul, in joyful lays,
and sing your great Redeemer's praise.
He justly claims a song from me,
his loving-kindness is so free.
Loving-kindness, loving-kindness,
his loving-kindness is so free.

2 He saw me ruined in the fall,
yet loved me not withstanding all,
and saved me from my lost estate,
his loving-kindness is so great.
Loving-kindness, loving-kindness,
his loving-kindness is so great.

3 Through mighty hosts of cruel foes,
where earth and hell my way oppose,
he safely leads my soul along,
his loving-kindness is so strong.
Loving-kindness, loving-kindness,
his loving-kindness is so strong.

4 So when I pass death's gloomy vale,
and life and mortal pow'rs shall fail,
O may my last expiring breath
his loving-kindness sing in death.
Loving-kindness, loving-kindness,
his loving-kindness sing in death.

5 Then shall I mount, and soar away
to the bright world of endless day;
there shall I sing, with sweet surprise,
his loving-kindness in the skies,
Loving-kindness, loving-kindness,
His loving-kindness in the skies.


Source: Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #183

Author: Samuel Medley

Medley, Samuel, born June 23, 1738, at Cheshunt, Herts, where his father kept a school. He received a good education; but not liking the business to which he was apprenticed, he entered the Royal Navy. Having been severely wounded in a battle with the French fleet off Port Lagos, in 1759, he was obliged to retire from active service. A sermon by Dr. Watts, read to him about this time, led to his conversion. He joined the Baptist Church in Eagle Street, London, then under the care of Dr. Gifford, and shortly afterwards opened a school, which for several years he conducted with great success. Having begun to preach, he received, in 1767, a call to become pastor of the Baptist church at Watford. Thence, in 1772, he removed to Byrom Street, Liv… Go to person page >

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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)

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