1 Awake, our souls, and bless his name,
Whose mercies never fail;
Who opens wide a door of hope
In Achor's gloomy vale.
2 Behold the portal wide display'd,
The building strong and fair;
Within are pastures fresh and green,
And living streams are there.
3 Enter, my soul, with cheerful haste,
For Jesus is the door;
Nor fear the serpent's wily arts,
Nor fear the lion's roar.
4 O may thy grace the nations lead,
And Jews and Gentiles come,
All trav'ling thro' one beauteous gate
To one eternal home.
Source: Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: selected and original, designed for the use of the Church Universal in public and private devotion #CCVII
|First Line:||Awake. our souls! and bless His name|
Awake, our souls, and bless His name. P. Doddridge. [Christ the Door.] This hymn is not in the “D. MSS." and was first published by J. Orton in his edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines. It is based on St. John x. 9. It is repeated in later editions of the Hymns , and in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839. In Kennedy, 1863, No. 201, it is given as "Awake, my soul, and bless His name."
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)