Scripture Verse

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


Words: Dwight Spen­cer, in The Mis­sion­ary Tri­umph, by San­ford Brown & Jo­seph M. Hunt (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: John Church, 1889), num­ber 1.

Music: Tall­inn San­ford M. Brown, 1889 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Spen­cer or Brown (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Awake! awake! put on thy strength,
Church of the liv­ing God;
Shine forth! shine forth! thy light is come,
Its beams dif­fuse abroad;
To na­tions that in dark­ness wait,
Send forth thy her­alds bold;
Till round the earth from pole to pole,
The tid­ings glad are told.

They plead, Send help! Our coun­try’s sons,
From snow clad mount to sea;
Send forth! send forth! the Bread of Life,
O hear your bro­ther’s plea;
And As­ia’s mill­ions join the cry,
With Af­ric’s starv­ing throng,
While dist­ant is­lands of the sea,
The plaint­ive cry pro­long.

They come! they come! The ran­somed ones,
Where’er on earth their homes;
Lift up! lift up! thine eyes and see,
At last thy tri­umph comes.
O glo­ri­ous hour! the voice from Heav’n
Proclaims from shore to shore.
The king­doms of this world are Christ’s,
He reigns for­ev­er­more.