Awake, ye saints, and raise your eyes

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1 Awake, ye saints, and raise your eyes,
And raise your voices high;
Away, and praise that sov'reign love,
That shows salvation nigh.

2 On all the wings of time it flies,
Each moment brings it near;
Then welcome each declining day,
Welcome each closing year.

3 Ye wheels of nature, speed your course!
Ye mortal powers, decay!
Fast as ye bring the night of death,
Ye bring eternal day.

4 O Father, here our hearts we raise
To Thee in heav'n above;
And at the year's swift close, we praise
Thy providence, and love.

Amen.

Source: The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #604

Author: Philip Doddridge

Doddridge, Philip, D.D., was born in London, June 26, 1702. His grandfather was one of the ministers under the Commonwealth, who were ejected in 1662. His father was a London oilman. He was offered by the Duchess of Bedford an University training for ordination in the Church of England, but declined it. He entered Mr. Jennings's non-conformist seminary at Kibworth instead; preached his first sermon at Hinckley, to which Mr. Jennings had removed his academy. In 1723 he was chosen pastor at Kibworth. In 1725 he changed his residence to Market Harborough, still ministering at Kibworth. The settled work of his life as a preceptor and divine began in 1729, with his appointment to the Castle Hill Meeting at Northampton, and continued till in the… Go to person page >

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First Line: Awake, ye saints, and raise your eyes
Author: Philip Doddridge
Refrain First Line: We are now looking o'er

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Awake, ye saints, and raise [lift] your eyes. P. Doddridge. [Exhortation.] This hymn is not in the "D. MSS.," and was first published by J. Orton in his edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 264, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "The near Approach of Salvation, an Engagement to Diligence and Love. Rom. xiii. 11."It was also repeated in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839. It came into common use at an early date, and is still found in a few important collections in Great Britain, and America. In R. Conyers's Psalms and Hymns, 1774, it was altered to "Awake, ye saints, and lift your eyes;" but this has died out of use. Original text in Lyra Britannica, 1867, p. 191, and Lord Selborne’s Book of Praise, 1862, p. 296.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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