1 Awake, thou that sleepest, arise from death's slumber!
Christ on thee shall shine;
the daylight, now glowing in rays without number,
Shows mercy divine;
Repose now no longer,
Lest night's dark and danger
Soon come o'er thy soul.
Awake now, arise, and be whole!
2 In earth's vale of sorrows the cold mists enshroud thee,
And tears often flow;
And suffering and grief seem the portion allowed thee
In this life below;
Yet, bear the glad message,
That rescue doth presage,
And pardon and peace
Through Him who doth bring thee release.
3 In earth's dreary deserts the sharp thorns will wound thee,
And rough is the way;
And often thou longest from ills that surround thee
To hasten away;
Yet, cease now thy sadness
God's springtime of gladness
Through Christ thou shalt see:
Awake, for He calleth to thee!
4 O lift up thine eyes now with hope unto heaven,
The daybreak is here:
Thy Lord let all blessing and honor be given,
Go meet Him with cheer;
When hearts are convicted
Of sin, and afflicted
His welcome will rise
In anthems of praise to the skies.
5 To God be all glory, who graciously sendeth
From heaven His light;
The way and the truth and the life my soul findeth,
And peace is my right.
O Christ, shine upon us!
From death Thou hast won us
To follow, O Lord,
Thy steps in the light of Thy word.
Magnus Brostrup Landstad (born 7 October 1802 in Måsøy, Norway and died 8 October 1880 in Kristiania) was a Norwegian minister, psalmist and poet who published the first collection of authentic Norwegian traditional ballads in 1853. This work was criticized for unscientific methods, but today it is commonly accepted that he contributed significantly to the preservation of the traditional ballads.
Landstad lived with his father Hans Landstad (1771–1838) who was also a minister, first in 1806 to Øksnes, to Vinje in 1811 and to Seljord in 1819. He took a theological degree (cand. theol) in 1827, and worked after that as the resident chaplain in Gausdal for six years. After that he worked in different parishes in Telemark, Østfold befo… Go to person page >
Display Title: Awake, thou that sleepest, arise from death's slumber!First Line: Awake, thou that sleepest, arise from death's slumber!Tune Title: [Awake, thou that sleepiest, arise from death's slumber]Author: M. B. LandstadMeter: 12, 5, 12, 5, 6, 6, 5, 8.Date: 1913Subject: The Church Year | First Sunday in Advent; Invitation |