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Christians, Awake! Salute the Happy Morn

John Byrom

Christians, awake, salute the happy morn
Whereon the Savior of the world was born!
Rise to adore the mystery of love
Which hosts of angels chanted from above;
With them the joyful tidings first begun
Of God incarnate and the Virgin’s Son.

Then to the watchful shepherds it was told,
Who heard the angelic herald’s voice: “Behold, [click to continue…]

Thanks to God for My Redeemer!

August Ludvig Storm
translated by
Carl Backstrom

Thanks to God for my Redeemer,
Thanks for all Thou dost provide!
Thanks for times now but a mem’ry,
Thanks for Jesus by my side!
Thanks for pleasant, balmy springtime,
Thanks for dark and stormy fall!
Thanks for tears by now forgotten,
Thanks for peace within my soul!

Thanks for prayers that Thou hast answered,
Thanks for what Thou dost deny! [click to continue…]

The King of Love My Shepherd Is

Henry Baker

Psalm 23

The King of love my Shepherd is,
Whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am His
And He is mine forever.

Where streams of living water flow,
My ransomed soul He leadeth,
And, where the verdant pastures grow,
With food celestial feedeth. [click to continue…]

Flame of God

Amy Carmichael

From prayer that asks that I may be
Sheltered from winds that beat on Thee,
From fearing when I should aspire,
From faltering when I should climb higher—
From silken self, O Captain, free
Thy soldier who would follow Thee.

From subtle love of softening things,
From easy choices, weakenings, [click to continue…]

Thy Word, O Lord, Like Gentle Dews

Carl Garve
translated by Catherine Winkworth

Thy Word, O Lord, like gentle dews,
Falls soft on hearts that pine;
Lord, to Thy garden ne’er refuse
This heavenly balm of Thine.
Watered by Thee, let every tree
Then blossom to Thy praise,
By grace of Thine bear fruit divine
Through all the coming days.

Thy Word is like a flaming sword, [click to continue…]

Thy Word Is Like a Garden, Lord

Edwin Hodder

Thy Word is like a garden, Lord,
With flowers bright and fair;
And everyone who seeks may pluck
A lovely cluster there.

Thy Word is like a deep, deep mine;
And jewels rich and rare
Are hidden in [click to continue…]

Lord, Enthroned in Heav’nly Splendor

George H. Bourne

Lord, enthroned in heav’nly splendor,
First begotten from the dead,
Thou alone, our strong Defender,
Liftest up Thy people’s head.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Jesus, true and living Bread!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Jesus, true and living Bread!

Here our humblest homage pay we,
Here in loving rev’rence bow;
Here for faith’s discernment pray we, [click to continue…]

Burn, Fire of God!

L. F. W. Woodford

Burn, fire of God! my ransomed soul possessing;
Pure fire Thou art, and I would dwell in Thee.
Light of my life, true source of every blessing,
Grant all my days one holy flame to be.

Burn, fire of God! Thy grace and glory knowing,
My cleansèd heart shall be all fire within—
Love all constraining, tenderness o'erflowing,
One kindling passion other lives to win.

Burn, fire of God! Thy cloven tongue bestowing,
Baptizing me with heavenly energy. [click to continue…]

Holiness unto the Lord

Leila Naylor Morris
(Mrs. C. H. Morris)

“Called unto holiness,” church of our God,
Purchase of Jesus, redeemed by His blood;
Called from the world and its idols to flee,
Called from the bondage of sin to be free.

“Holiness unto the Lord” is our watchword and song,
“Holiness unto the Lord” as we’re marching along;
Sing it, shout it, loud and long,
“Holiness unto the Lord,” now and forever.

“Called unto holiness,” children of light,
Walking with Jesus in garments of white;
Raiment unsullied, nor tarnished with sin;
God’s Holy Spirit abiding within. [click to continue…]

The Eternal Goodness

The Eternal Goodness

John Greenleaf Whittier

O friends! with whom my feet have trod
The quiet aisles of prayer,
Glad witness to your zeal for God
And love of man I bear.

I trace your lines of argument,
Your logic linked and strong;
I weigh as one who dreads dissent,
And fears a doubt as wrong.

But still my human hands are weak
To hold your iron creeds: [click to continue…]

Join All the Ransomed Sons of Grace

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series Hymns for the Watch-Night

Hymns for the Watch-Night (#11)

Charles Wesley
John Wesley

Join all the ransomed sons of grace,
The holy joy prolong,
And shout to the Redeemer’s praise
A solemn midnight song.

Blessing and thanks and love and might
Be to our Jesus given,
Who turns [click to continue…]

Ye Virgin Souls, Arise!

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series Hymns for the Watch-Night

Hymns for the Watch-Night (#10)

Charles Wesley
John Wesley

Ye virgin souls arise,
With all the dead awake,
Unto salvation wise;
Oil in your vessels take,
Upstarting at the midnight cry,
“Behold the heavenly Bridegroom nigh!”

He comes, He comes to call [click to continue…]

Come, Let Us Anew

This entry is part 9 of 11 in the series Hymns for the Watch-Night

Hymns for the Watch-Night (#9)

Charles Wesley
John Wesley

Come, let us anew
Our pleasures pursue;
For Christian delight
The day is too short; let us borrow the night!
In sanctified joy
Each moment employ
To Jesus’s praise,
And spend, and be spent, in the triumph of grace. [click to continue…]

Meet and Right It Is to Sing

This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series Hymns for the Watch-Night

Hymns for the Watch-Night (#8)

Charles Wesley
John Wesley

Meet and right it is to sing
In every time and place,
“Glory to our heavenly King,
The God of truth and grace!”
Join we then with sweet accord,
All in one thanksgiving join:
“Holy, holy, holy, Lord,
Eternal praise be Thine!”

Thee the firstborn sons of light
In choral symphonies [click to continue…]