1 Awake, awake, each sluggish soul!
Awake, and view the setting sun!
See how the shades of death advance,
Ere half the task of life is done.
2 Soon will he close our drowsy eyes,
Nor shall we hear these warnings more;
Soon will the mighty Judge approach:
E'en now he stands before the door!
3 O Saviour! let these awful scenes
Be ever present to our view;
Teach us to gird our loins about,
And trim our dying lamps anew.
4 Then, when the king of terror comes,
Our souls shall hail the happy day.
Haste, then, O Saviour! from above,
Nor let thy chariot-wheels delay!
Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #821
|First Line:||Awake, awake, my sluggish soul|
Awake, awake, my sluggish soul. O. Heginbothom. [Watchfulness.] First published in his Hymns, &c, 1794, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and based upon St. Luke xii. 38-39. In 1812 it was transferred to Collyer's Collection, No. 653, unaltered, and thus came in to common use. In some American collections, stanzas v. and vi. are omitted. In America it is also given as "Awake, awake, each drowsy soul," as in the Baptist Praise Book, 1871, No. 558. In the Baptist Church Praise Book, N. Y., 1872, we have stanza i., iii., and iv., and in Church Pastorals, Boston, 1864, stanzas i., iii., v. and vi.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)