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A Morning Hymn

Awake, my soul, awake mine eyes

Author: Thomas Flatman
Published in 6 hymnals

Full Text

1 Awake my soul, awake mine eyes,
Awake, my rowsy faculties:
Awake and see the new-born light,
Spring from the darksome womb of night.

2 Look up and see the unwearied sun,
Aleady has his race begun,
The pretty lark is mounted high,
And sings his matins in the sky.

3 Arise my soul and thou my voice,
In early songs of praise rejoice,
O great creator, Heav'nly King,
Thy praises ever let me sing.

4 Thy power has made, thy goodness kept
This fenceless body while I slept;
Yet one night more hast hou kept me,
From all the pow'rs of darkness free.

5 O keep my heart from sin secure,
My life unblameable and pure;
That when the last of days shall come;
I chearfully may meet my doom.

Source: A Selection of Psalms and Hymns: done under the appointment of the Philadelphian Association #CCLIV

Author: Thomas Flatman

Flatman, Thomas, poet and miniature painter, was born in London, cir. 1633, and died cir. 1688. He was a barrister of the Inner Temple, but gave most of his time to poetry and painting. He was the author of some Pindaric Odes on the deaths of Prince Rupert, and of Charles II.; and of a prose satire on Richard Cromwell. His Poems & Songs were published in 1674 (3rd edition 1682), and from this volume the following hymns have been transferred to Dr. Martineau's Hymns, 1840, and his Hymns of Praise and Prayer, 1873:— "Awake, my soul, awake, mine eyes " (Morning); “Sweet slumbers, come and chase away" (Evening). The similarity of these hymns to the Morning and Evening hymns of Bp. Ken suggests the possibility that they may have inspired… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Awake, my soul, awake mine eyes
Title: A Morning Hymn
Author: Thomas Flatman
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain