Behold, with pleasing ecstasyAuthor: Philip Doddridge
Tune: OLD HUNDREDTH
Published in 5 hymnals
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1 Behold with pleasing ecstasy
The Gospel standard lifted high,
That all the nations from afar
May in the great salvation share.
2 Why then, almighty Savior, why
Do wretched souls in millions die?
While wide th’infernal tyrant reigns
O’er spacious realms in ponderous chains?
3 And shall he still go on to boast
Thy cross its energy hath lost?
And shall Thy servants still complain
Their labors, and their tears are vain?
4 Awake, all conquering arm, awake,
And hell’s extensive empire shake;
Assert the honors of Thy throne,
And call this ruined world Thine own.
5 Thine all successful power display;
Produce a nation in a day;
For at Thy word this barren earth
Shall travail with a general birth.
6 Swift let Thy quickening Spirit breathe
On these abodes of sin and death;
That breath shall bow ten thousand minds,
Like waving corn before the winds.
7 Scarce can our glowing hearts endure
A world, where Thou art known more;
Transform it, Lord, by conquering love,
Or bear us to the realms above.
Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8194
Behold with pleasing extacy. P. Doddridge. [Missions.] This hymn is No. 48 in the D. MSS., and dated "Oct. 30, 1737." It was published in Job Orton's edition of Doddridge's (posthumous) Hymns, 1755, No. 121, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, in a slightly different form, and entitled “A Nation born in a day; or the rapid progress of the Gospel desired", Is. lxvi. 8, and again in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839. In its original form it has not come into common use: but stanzas iv. and v., beginning, "Awake, all conquering arm, awake," very slightly altered, were given in the American Baptist Psalmist, 1813, No. 857. Also in Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866, No. 962.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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