1 Come away to the skies, My beloved arise,
And rejoice in the day thou wast born:
On this festival day, Come exulting away,
And with singing to Zion return.
2 We have laid up our love And our treasures above,
Tho our bodies continue below:
The redeemed of the Lord Will remember His word,
And with singing to paradise go.
3 Now with singing and praise, Let us spend all the days,
By our heavenly Father bestowed,
While His grace we receive From His bounty and live
To the honor and glory of God.
4 For the glory we were First created to share
Both the nature and kingdom divine,
Now created again That our souls may remain,
Throughout time and eternity Thine.
5 We with thanks do approve The design of that love
Which hath joined us to Jesus's name;
So united in heart, Let us never more part,
Till we meet at the feast of the Lamb.
6 There, O there at his feet, We shall all likewise meet,
And be parted in body no more;
We shall sing to our lyres, With the heavenly choirs,
And our Saviour in glory adore.
7 Hallelujah we sing, To our Father and King,
And His rapturous praises repeat,
To the Lamb that was slain, Hallelujah again,
Sing all heaven, and fall at his feet!
Source: The Christian Harmony: in the seven-syllable character note system of music;... 2010 Revised Edition #306
|First Line:||Come away to the skies|
|Title:||Birthday of a Consort|
Come away to the skies. C. Wesley. [Birthday.] Written on the anniversary of the birth of his wife, Oct. 12, 1755, and first published in his Hymns for Families, 1767, No. 165, in 8 stanzas of 6 lines, Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. vii. p. 198. In 1780 it was included in the Wesleyan Hymn Book as No. 478, and has been retained in all subsequent editions of that collection. It is also given in other collections of the Methodist body, and in a few American Hymnals.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)