Awake, My Drowsy Soul

Awake, my drowsy soul awake, And view the threatening scene

Author: Philip Doddridge
Tune: BANGOR (Tansur)
Published in 27 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Awake, my drowsy soul, awake
And view the threatening scene:
The foes in legion camp around,
And treachery lurks within.

2 ’Tis not this mortal life alone
These enemies assail;
All thine eternal hopes are lost,
If their attempts prevail.

3 Now to the work of God awake;
Behold thy Maker near;
The various, arduous task pursue
With vigor and with fear.

4 The awful register goes on,
Th’account will surely come,
And opening day, or closing night
May bear me to my doom.

5 Tremendous thought! How deep it strikes!
Yet like a dream it flies,
Till God’s own voice the slumbers chase
From these deluded eyes.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #12576

Author: Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Awake, my drowsy soul awake, And view the threatening scene
Title: Awake, My Drowsy Soul
Author: Philip Doddridge
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


BANGOR (Tansur)

Traditionally used for Montgomery's text and for Peter Abelard's "Alone Thou Goest Forth, O Lord," BANGOR comes from William Tans'ur's A Compleat Melody: or the Harmony of Syon (the preface of which is dated 1734). In that collection the tune was a three-part setting for Psalm 12 (and for Psalm 11 i…

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