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A Song of Praise

Representative Text

1 Awake, my soul! to sound His praise,
Awake my harp to sing;
Join, all my pow’rs the song to raise,
And morning incense bring.

2 Among the people of his care,
And thro’ the nations round,
Glad sons of praise will I prepare,
And there his name resound.

3 Be Thou exalted, O my God!
Above the starry train;
Diffuse Thy heav’nly grace abroad,
And teach the world Thy reign.

4 So shall Thy chosen sons rejoice,
And throng Thy courts above;
While sinners hear Thy pard’ning voice,
And taste redeeming love.

Source: Gospel Hymns No. 5 #35

Author: Joel Barlow

Barlow, Joel, born at Reading, Connecticut, 1755 [sic], graduated at Yale 1778, and died near Cracow, Poland, 1812, He was well known as an author and politician during and after the American Revolution. His publications include Hasty Pudding; Columbia, &c. In 1785, at the request of the (Congregational) General Association of Connecticut, he corrected and enlarged Dr. Watts's Psalms, supplying those omitted by Watts, and adapting the whole to American thought and circumstances. This work, published in 1786, went through various editions, and, although officially superseded by Dwight in 1800, it continued to be issued for many years after. Its title is somewhat curious as setting forth its design. It reads:— Psalms carefully suited to the… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Awake, my soul, to shout his praise
Title: A Song of Praise
Author: Joel Barlow
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Of his [Barlow] renderings of the Psalms, these are still in common use:—
Awake, my soul, to sound His praise. Ps. cviii. This is No. 233 in Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, 1872, and other collections. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.]

-- Excerpt from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Tune

ST. PETER (Reinagle)

Composed by Alexander R. Reinagle (b. Brighton, Sussex, England, 1799; d. Kidlington, Oxfordshire, England, 1877), ST. PETER was published as a setting for Psalm 118 in Reinagle's Psalm Tunes for the Voice and Pianoforte (c. 1836). The tune first appeared with Newton's text in Hymns Ancient and Mode…

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WHITE (Henry White)


THORNTON (Perkins)


Timeline

Media

The Cyber Hymnal #159
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Harmonia Americana: containing a concise introduction to the grounds of music; with a variety of airs, suitable fore divine worship and the use of musical societies; consisting of three and four parts #39b
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Instances

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Primitive Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #15

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The Cyber Hymnal #159

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