Scripture Verse

Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem. Isaiah 52:1

Introduction

Words: Will­iam T. Hil­see, in Gems of Praise, ed­it­ed by John R. Swe­ney (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Book Room, 1876), page 147.

Music: Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Hil­see’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
William J. Kirkpatrick
(1838–1921)

Lyrics

Rouse thee, soul, the day is fleeting;
Look, life’s sands are almost run;
Twilight shades the earth are greeting,
And the stars shine one by one.
Rouse thee now, go forth to battle,
List, the foeman’s tramp is near;
Hear ye not the war-whoop’s rattle
Marshalling both van and rear?

Refrain

Then awake, then awake,
Then awake, put on thy strength, O Zion,
Rouse thee now to arms,
Fear no dread alarms, Zion, awake.

Round thee (as the walls of Zion,
Do the holy city stand,)
Israel’s Chieftain—Judah’s Lion,
Stretches forth His saving hand;
Who shall harm thee—who defeat thee,
Who shall triumph o’er thy fall,
While the Lord of lords shall greet thee,
And ye answer to His call?

Refrain

See salvation’s standard flaunting
Proudly o’er the clash and din,
With her bulwarks round thee vaunting
And defiant hosts of sin;
Israel, rally—never falter,
Forward press in steady line,
God hath promised—He’ll not alter—
Thou shalt conquer, thou art Mine.

Refrain