Scripture Verse

Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, and against the Man that is My Fellow, saith the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 13:7


Words: Su­san­na Har­ris­on, Songs in the Night (Ip­swich, Eng­land: Pun­chard & Jer­myn, 1780), pag­es 31–32.

Music: Dar­wall’s 148th John Dar­wall, in The New Un­i­ver­sal Psal­mo­dist, by Aar­on Will­iams, 1770 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Har­ris­on or Dar­wall (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


The Triune God above,
And Lord of all below,
To sinners shows His love,
Displays His justice, too—
Awake, awake, vindictive sword,
Against My Fellow!
saith the Lord.

“Awake against the Man
Omnipotent in power,
To execute My plan
Lost mortals to restore;
Man has a load of guilt so great
None but My Son can bear the weight.

Him vengeance shall pursue,
For man He must atone;
To justice what is due
His blood can pay alone.
He shall My righteous law fulfill;
He shall accomplish all My will.

The Lord of Hosts commands,
Th’eternal Father spoke:
All Heav’n in silence stands
While Jesus bears the stroke.
See, guilty mortals! See, His side
For you was pierced! For you He died.

Draw near th’accursèd tree,
In wonder lost, that love
Could rise to that degree—
Your sentence to remove!
With weeping eyes His sorrows view,
He groaned, He bled, He died for you.

O let Him have your hearts,
Your blessings shall increase:
To His He still imparts
Both righteousness and peace.
His grace shall all your sins subdue,
He groaned, He bled, He died for you.

Bought by His precious blood,
You are no more your own;
Give up yourselves to God,
And live to Him alone:
Jesus will bear you conquerors through,
He groaned, He bled, He died for you.