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Awake, my heart, rejoicing

Awake, my heart, rejoicing

Author: Paul Gerhardt
Published in 3 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Awake, my heart, rejoicing,
Thy Maker's praises voicing,
The Giver good gifts sending;
Their shield, His folk defending.

2 All night while darkness bound me
In deepest gloom around me,
By Satan craved while sleeping,
God had me in His keeping.

3 Thou spak'st me words endearing;
Sleep now, my child, unfearing;
Sleep well, night's terrors spurning;
Thou'lt see the sun returning.

4 Thy word performed, now waking,
I see the bright dawn breaking,
Safe kept from ills unnumbered
While 'neath Thy care I slumbered.

5 An off'ring Thou desirest,
Behold what Thou requirest!
Nor lamb nor incense bringing,
I come with prayer and singing.

6 Nor wilt Thou now despise them,
But in Thy heart wilt prize them,
Well knowing, year, and surely
My best I offer purely.

7 Approve my works when shown Thee;
Help Thou good councils only;
Beginning, middle, closing,
Lord, for the best disposing.

8 With blessings guard me waking,
My heart Thy dwelling making,
And with Thy Word, Lord, feed me,
Whilst heavenward Thou dost lead me.

Source: Wartburg Hymnal: for church, school and home #41

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Awake, my heart, rejoicing
Author: Paul Gerhardt



Instances (1 - 3 of 3)

The Selah Song Book (Das Sela Gesangbuch) #d51

The Selah Song Book. Word ed. #d25

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Wartburg Hymnal #41

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