1 Awake, awake, O earth, awake and sing!
A beauteous garment thee awaits,
For God the Lord is King;
Thy conquest hour has come at last,
For Love o’er thee has passed.
Awake, awake, put on thy robes of beauty,
Woven by the Master weaver’s hand,
For over thee the colors of the heav’nly garden
Fall at His divine command.
Rejoice, and praise the giver’s grace and wisdom,
Who beneath the dark and barren sod
Beheld in thee, reflected, His divine creation,
Wake, and praise the Lord your God.
2 Come forth, come forth, O bleak and barren hills!
Thy God from heaven’s boundless store
Thy face with beauty fills;
His hand through ev’ry chilling blight
Has brought thee into light. [Refrain]
3 Rejoice, rejoice, all ye who trust your God!
Lift up your eyes and view the land
Where late His foot hath trod;
Nor doubt, nor fear, for ye may share
The blessing of His care. [Refrain]
Charles Austin Miles USA 1868-1946. Born at Lakehurst, NJ, he attended the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and the University of PA. He became a pharmacist. He married Bertha H Haagen, and they had two sons: Charles and Russell. In 1892 he abandoned his pharmacy career and began writing gospel songs. At first he furnished compositions to the Hall-Mack Publishing Company, but soon became editor and manager, where he worked for 37 years. He felt he was serving God better in the gospel song writing business, than as a pharmacist. He published the following song books: “New songs of the gospel” (1900), “The service of praise” (1900), “The voice of praise” (1904), “The tribute of song” (1904), “New songs of the gospel… Go to person page >