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.’
John Samuel Bewley Monsell (b. St. Colomb's, Londonderry, Ireland, 1811; d. Guilford, Surrey, England, 1875) was educated at Trinity College in Dublin and served as a chaplain and rector of several churches in Ireland after his ordination in 1835. Transferred to England in 1853, he became rector of Egham in Surrey and was rector of St. Nicholas Church in Guilford from 1870 until his death (caused by a construction accident at his church). A prolific poet, Monsell published his verse in eleven volumes. His three hundred hymns, many celebrating the seasons of the church year, were issued in collections such as Hymns and Miscellaneous Poems (1837), Spiritual Songs (1857), Hymns of Love and Praise (1863), and The Parish Hymnal (1873).
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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.