The Coming Millennium

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1 Awake, awake, O Zion,
Put on thy strength divine,
Thy garments bright in beauty,
The bridal dress be thine:
Jerusalem the holy,
To purity restored;
Meek Bride all fair and lowly,
Go forth to meet thy Lord.

2 From henceforth pure and spotless,
All glorious within,
Prepared to meet the Bridegroom,
And cleansed from every sin;
With love and wonder smitten,
And bowed in guileless shame,
Upon thy heart be written
The new mysterious name.

3 The Lamb who bore our sorrows,
Comes down to earth again;
No sufferer now, but victor,
For evermore to reign:
To reign in every nation,
To rule in every zone,
Oh, world-wide coronation,
In every heart a throne.

3 Awake, awake, O Zion,
Thy bridal day draws nigh,
The day of signs and wonders,
And marvels from on high.
The sun uprises slowly,
But keep thy watch and ward:
Fair Bride, all pure and lowly,
Go forth to meet thy Lord.

Source: Laudes Domini: a selection of spiritual songs, ancient and modern for use in the prayer-meeting #186

Author: Benjamin Gough

Gough, Benjamin, was born at Southborough, Kent, in 1805, and died Nov. 28,1877. He was engaged in mercantile pursuits in London for some years. After retiring from business he resided at Mountfield, Faversham. He was a member and lay preacher of the Wesleyan denomination. His poetical works include:— (1) Lyra Sabbatica, Lon., 1865; (2) Kentish Lyrics, London, 1867; (3) Hymns of Prayer and Praise, London, 1875; and several minor publications, the most important being (4) Protestant Hymns & Songs for the Million, Lon., 1878; (5) Songs from the Woodlands, and Other Poems, Lon., 1872; and (6) Christmas Carols and New Year's Songs, Lon. (n.d.). Of Mr. Gough's hymns, about 20 are in common use in Great Britain and America, and of these the m… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Awake, awake, O Zion, Put on thy strength divine
Title: The Coming Millennium
Author: Benjamin Gough
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Awake, awake, O Zion. B. Gough. [Second Advent.] Appeared in his Lyra Sabbatica, &c, 1865, p. 151, in 6 stanzas of 8 lines, and entitled, "The coming Millennium," with the quotation of Isa. lii. 1. From that work it passed into the People's Hymnal, 1867; Alton's Supplemental Hymns, 1868, in 5 stanzas, and in other collections both in Great Britain and America. It is also included as the opening hymn of Gough's Hymns of Prayer and Praise, 1875.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


ST. PAUL (Storer)


Henry T. Smart (PHH 233) composed the tune in 1835 for use at a missions festival at Blackburn, Lancashire, England. For that festival, which celebrated the three-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation in England, the tune was set to Reginald Heber's (PHH 249) “From Greenland's Icy Mountains.”…

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