Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord. Isaiah 51:9
Words: William Shrubsole, 1796. This hymn is interesting because of its reference to the prophecy of the Jews’ return to Israel. Little did Shrubsole know the fulfillment was only 150 years away.
Music: Church Triumphant James W. Elliott, 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc).
If you know where to get a good picture of Elliott (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?
Arm of the Lord, awake, awake!
Put on Thy strength, the nations shake,
And let the world, adoring, see
Triumphs of mercy wrought by Thee.
Say to the heathen from Thy throne,
I am Jehovah, God alone;
Thy voice their idols shall confound,
And cast their altars to the ground.
No more let creature blood be spilt,
Vain sacrifice for human guilt!
But to each conscience be applied
The blood that flowed from Jesus’ side.
Let Zion’s time of favor come;
O bring the tribes of Israel home;
And let our wondering eyes behold
Gentiles and Jews in Jesus’ fold.
Almighty God, Thy grace proclaim
In every clime of every name;
Let adverse powers before Thee fall,
And crown the Savior Lord of all.