Scripture Verse

It is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. Romans 13:11

Introduction

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Philip Doddridge
1702–1751

Words: Phil­ip Dodd­ridge (1702–1751). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Found­ed on Va­ri­ous Texts in the Ho­ly Scrip­tures, by Job Or­ton (Shrop­shire, Eng­land: Jo­shua Ed­dowes & John Cot­ton, 1755), num­ber 264: The near ap­proach of sal­va­tion, an en­gage­ment to dil­i­gence and love.

Music: Ze­rah Lo­well Ma­son, 1837 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

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Lowell Mason
1792–1872

Lyrics

Awake, ye saints, and raise your eyes,
And raise your voic­es high;
Away, and praise that so­ve­reign Love,
That shows sal­va­tion nigh.

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

Not ma­ny years their round shall run,
Nor ma­ny morn­ings rise,
Ere all its glo­ries stand re­vealed
To our ad­mir­ing eyes.

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