1 Awake, glad soul! awake! awake!
Thy Lord has risen long;
Go to His grave, and with thee take
Both tuneful heart and song;
Where life is waking all around,
Where love’s sweet voices sing,
The first bright blossom may be found
Of an eternal spring.
2 And every bird and every tree,
And every opening flower,
Proclaim His glorious victory,
His resurrection power;
The folds are glad, the fields rejoice,
With vernal beauty spread,
The little hills lift up their voice
And shout that death is dead.
3 Then wake, glad heart! awake! awake
And seek thy risen Lord;
Joy in His resurrection take,
And comfort in his word;
And let thy life, through all its ways,
One long thanksgiving be,
Its theme of joy, its song of praise,
‘Christ died, and rose for me.’
Monsell, John Samuel Bewley, L.L.D., son of Thomas Bewley Monsell, Archdeacon of Londonderry, was born at St. Columb's, Londonderry, March 2,1811, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin (B.A. 1832, LL.D. 1856). Taking Holy Orders in 1834, "he was successively Chaplain to Bishop Mant, Chancellor of the diocese of Connor, Rector of Ramoan, Vicar of Egham, diocese Worcester, and Rector of St. Nicholas's, Guildford. He died in consequence of a fall from the roof of his church, which was in the course of rebuilding, April 9, 1875. His prose works include Our New Vicar, 1867; The Winton Church Catechist, &c. His poetical works are:—
(1) Hymns and Miscellaneous Poems, Dublin, W. Curry, Jun., & Co., 1837; (2) Parish Musings, or Devotional Poem… Go to person page >
Awake, glad soul, awake, awake. J. S. B. Monsell. [Easter.] According to the Preface to his Spiritual Songs, this was one of his hymns "written amid the orange and olive groves of Italy, during a winter spent (for the sake of health) upon the shores of the Mediterranean Sea." It was published in his Hymns of Love and Praise; 1863, p. 90, in 5 stanzas, and in his Spiritual Songs, 1875, in 8 stanzas of 8 lines, the new stanzas being ii., iii. and iv. Three centos therefrom are in common use (1) in the Hymnal Companion, No. 178, consisting of stanzas i., vi., vii. and viii. (2) in the Scottish Evangelical Union Hymnal, No. 40, of stanzas i., v., vii. and viii. (3) in the American College Hymnal, N. Y., 1876, No. 145, beginning, "The shade and gloom of life are fled." This is composed of stanzas vi. and viii. unaltered. Full text in Schaff’s Christ in Song, 1869-70.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)