340. Awake, My Soul, to Joyful Lays

1 Awake, my soul, to joyful lays
And sing thy great Redeemer’s praise.
He justly claims a song from me--
His loving-kindness, oh, how free!

2 He saw me ruined in the Fall,
Yet loved me notwithstanding all.
He saved me from my lost estate--
His loving-kindness, oh, how great!

3 When I was Satan's easy prey
And deep in debt and bondage lay,
He paid His life for my discharge--
His loving-kindness, oh, how large!

4 Through mighty hosts of cruel foes,
Where earth and hell my way oppose,
He safely leads my soul along--
His loving-kindness, oh, how strong!

5 When trouble, like a gloomy cloud,
Has gathered thickand thundered loud,
He near my soul has always stood--
His loving-kindness, oh, how good!

6 When earthly friends forsake me quite
And I have neither skill nor might,
He's sure my Helper to appear--
His loving-kindness, oh, how near!

7 Too oft I feel my sinful heart
Prone from my Jesus to depart;
But though I have Him oft forgot,
His loving-kindness changes not.

8 When I shall pass death's gloomy vale
And all my mortal power must fail,
Oh, may my last expiring breath
His loving-kindness sing in death!

9 Then shall I mount and soar away
To the bright world of endless day
And sing with rapture and surprise
His loving-kindness in the skies.


Text Information
First Line: Awake, my soul, to joyful lays
Title: Awake, My Soul, to Joyful Lays
Translator: Samuel Medley (1782, alt.)
Meter: L.M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Topic: The Redeemer
Tune Information
Composer: Nikolaus Herman (1560)
Meter: L.M.
Key: D Major

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