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 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 honour and glory of God.
3 For the glory we were
first created to share,
both the nature and kingdom divine!
Now created again
that our lives may remain,
throughout time and eternity thine.
4 We with thanks do approve
the design of that love
which hath joined us to Jesus' name;
so united in heart,
let us nevermore part,
till we meet at the feast of the Lamb.
5 Hallelujah we sing,
to the heaven's high King,
and his rapturous praises repeat:
to the Lamb that was slain,
sing, all heaven, and fall at his feet.
Source: Common Praise (1998) #225
|First Line:||Come away to the skies|
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)