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 >
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)
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.”…