Scripture Verse

The smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God. Revelation 8:4


Hans G. Nägeli (1773–1836)

Words: John Ma­son, Songs of Praise 1683.

Music: Na­omi Hans G. Nä­ge­li (1773–1836). Ar­ranged by Lo­well Ma­son, 1836 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of John Ma­son (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Now from the al­tar of my heart
Let in­cense flames arise;
Assist me, Lord, to of­fer up
Mine ev­en­ing sac­ri­fice.

Awake, my love! Awake, my joy!
Awake, my heart and tongue!
Sleep not: when mer­cies loud­ly call,
Break forth in­to a song.

This day God was my sun and shield,
My keep­er and my guide;
His care was on my frail­ty shown,
His mer­cies mul­ti­plied.

Minutes and mer­cies mul­ti­plied
Have made up all this day;
Minutes came quick but mer­cies were
More fleet and free than they.

New time, new fa­vor, and new joys
Do a new song re­quire;
Till I shall praise Thee as I would,
Accept my heart’s de­sire.

Man’s life’s a book of his­to­ry,
The leaves there­of are days,
The let­ters mer­cies close­ly joined,
The ti­tle is Thy praise.

Lord of my time, whose hand hath set
New time up­on my score,
Then I shall praise for all my time,
When time shall be no more.