Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O Zion,
Put on thy strength O Zion, O Zion,
Thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem!
Arise, O captive daughter, and shake from thee the dust;
In God’s own name shall be thy trust;
Awake, awake, put on thy strength, thy beauty, O Jerusalem.
Thy watchman shall lift up the voice,
Together shall they sing;
The desert place shall rejoice
In thine exalted King.
Break forth, break forth in songs of praise,
Thy God doth comfort thee;
He leads thee in triumphant ways,
His people now are free.
Glory, glory, be to the Father, and glory to the Son
And to the Holy Ghost, forever, evermore. Amen.
Pseudonym: Lidie H. Edmunds.
Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >