Awake, my heart!

Awake, my heart! be singing

Author: Paul Gerhardt; Translator: J. Kelly (1867)
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Awake, my heart! be singing,
Praise to thy Maker bringing,
Of every good the Giver,
Who men protecteth ever.

As shades of night spread over
Earth as a pall did cover,
Then Satan sought to have me,
But God was near to save me.

When Satan would devour me,
Thou, Father! spreadest o’er me
Thy wing, Thou me embraced’st,
All fear away Thou chased’st.

Thou said’st “Lie still, I’m near thee;
In spite of him who’d tear thee,
Sleep, child! let nought affright thee,
The sunlight shall delight thee.”

Thou truly, Lord! hast told it,
The light—mine eyes behold it,
From dangers hast releas’d me,
Thou hast renew’d and bless’d me.

Thou sacrifice would’st ever,
My gifts I bring Thee hither,
The offerings I’m bringing
My pray’rs are and my singing.

Such Thou disdainest never,
The heart Thou can’st search ever,
Thou know’st none can deceive Thee
No better can I give Thee.

Thou wilt, O Lord! be ending
Thy work in me, and sending
Who in his hands will take me,
To-day his care will make me.

May I in all I’m doing
Wise courses be pursuing,
Beginning, middle, ending,
May all to bliss be tending.

Thy blessings richly give me,
My heart would now receive Thee,
Thy word as food be given
To me till I reach Heaven.

Paul Gerhardt’s Spiritual Songs, 1867

Author: Paul Gerhardt

Gerhardt, Paulus, son of Christian Gerhardt, burgomaster of Gräfenhaynichen, near Wittenberg, was born at Grafenhaynichen, Mar. 12, 1607. On January 2, 1628, he matriculated at the University of Wittenberg. In the registers of St. Mary's church, Wittenberg, his name appears as a godfather, on July 13, 1641, described still as "studiosus," and he seems to have remained in Wittenberg till at least the end of April, 1642. He appears to have gone to Berlin in 1642 or 1643, and was there for some time (certainly after 1648) a tutor in the house of the advocate Andreas Barthold, whose daughter (Anna Maria, b. May 19, 1622, d. March 5, 1668) became his wife in 1655. During this period he seems to have frequently preached in Berlin. He was appoint… Go to person page >

Translator: J. Kelly

Kelly, John, was born at Newcastle-on-Tyne, educated at Glasgow University, studied theology at Bonn, New College, Edinburgh, and the Theological College of the English Presbyterian Church (to which body he belongs) in London. He has ministered to congregations at Hebburn-on-Tyne and Streatham, and was Tract Editor of the Religious Tract Society. His translations of Paul Gerhardt's Spiritual Songs were published in 1867. Every piece is given in full, and rendered in the metre of the originals. His Hymns of the Present Century from the German were published in 1886 by the Religious Tract Society. In these translations the metres of the originals have not always been followed, whilst some of the hymns have been abridged and others condens… Go to person page >

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First Line: Awake, my heart! be singing
Title: Awake, my heart!
German Title: Wach auf, mein Herz! und singe
Translator: J. Kelly (1867)
Author: Paul Gerhardt
Meter: 7.7.7.7
Language: English
Publication Date: 1867
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.

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