China's Millions

Church of the living God, awake, Awake from thy sinful sleep

Author: H. Gratton Guiness
Tune: [Church of the living God, awake] (Bula)
Published in 5 hymnals

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1 Church of the living God, awake!
Awake from thy sinful sleep!
Dost thou not hear thy brothers’ cry
Still sounding o’er the deep?
Is it naught that one of every four
Of all the human race
Should in China die, having never heard
The Gospel of God’s grace?

Canst thou shut thine ear to the awful sound,
The voice of thy brothers’ blood,
A million a month in China
Are dying without God.

2 Watchman of God, thou seest now
The sword of destruction come;
Why soundest not the warning cry
’Mid hosts of heathendom?
God says that if thou warnest not
The wicked at His command,
He shall perish but His blood shall be
Required at thy hand. [Refrain]

3 Go, for the Savior sends thee forth
To call from the distant East
Idolaters for whom Christ died,
To Heaven’s marriage feast.
The Gospel that thou hearest now
The pow’r of God shall prove
To triumph o’er the souls of men
By th’omnipotence of love. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #14018

Author: H. Gratton Guiness

Guinness, Henry Grattan, .D.D., son of Capt. John Guinness of Dublin, was born at Mountpellier, near Dublin, in 1835. His work as an undenominational Preacher began in 1856, since which time he has visited most parts of the world in prosecuting his evangelistic labours. He has written numerous hymns and printed them privately to enclose in letters and parcels, and for general distribution. Of these the following were included in The Enlarged London Hymn Book 1873:— (1) "How beautiful the Saviour's feet" (Christ, in Glory); (2) "Thou art my joy, Lord Jesus" (The Glory of Jesus); (3) "Yes, Thou art mine, my blessed Lord" (Jesus our All). --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Church of the living God, awake, Awake from thy sinful sleep
Title: China's Millions
Author: H. Gratton Guiness
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Canst thou shut thine ear to the awful sound
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #14018
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