Scripture Verse

The Lord…breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. Genesis 2:7


Mary A. Lathbury (1841–1913)

Words: Ma­ry A. Lath­bu­ry, in The Mag­ni­fi­cat (New York: New Church Press, 1910).

Music: Sur­sum Cor­da (Sew­all) Frank Sew­all (🔊 pdf nwc).

Frank Sewall (1837–1915)


Arise, all souls, arise! The watch is past;
A glo­ry breaks above the cloud at last.
There comes a rush­ing migh­ty wind again!
The breath of God is still the life of men;
The day as­cend­ing fills the wait­ing skies,
All souls, arise!

It comes, the breath of God, through all the skies!
To live, to breathe with Him, all souls, arise!
Open the win­dows to­ward the shin­ing east;
Call in the guests, and spread a wid­er feast,
The Lord pours forth as sac­ra­ment­al wine
His breath di­vine!

It comes a larg­er life, a deep­er breath;
Arise, all souls, arise, and con­quer death!
Spread forth the feast, the dew and man­na fall
And angels whis­per, Drink ye of it all;
Drink of His truth, and feed up­on His love,
With saints above!

Arise, all souls, arise, to meet your guest!
His light flames from the east un­to the west.
The Lord of earth and Hea­ven is at the door,
He comes to break His bread to all His poor;
Arise and serve with Him, His mo­ment flies;
All souls arise!