Deathless spirit, now arise

Deathless spirit, now arise

Author: Augustus Toplady
Tune: MANIFESTATION
Published in 61 hymnals

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1 Deathless principle, arise;
Soar, thou native of the skies;
Pearl of price, by Jesus bought,
To his glorious likeness wrought,
Go to shine before his throne,
Deck his mediatorial crown;
Go, his triumphs to adorn,
Born of God--to God return.

2 Burst thy shackles, drop thy clay,
Sweetly breathe thyself away;
Singing, to thy crown remove,
Swift of wing, and fired with love.
Shudder not to pass the stream;
Venture all thy care on him;
Him, whose dying love and power
Stilled its tossing, hushed its roar.

3 Saints in glory perfect made,
Wait thy passage through the shade;
Ardent for thy coming o'er,
See, they throng the blissful shore;
Mount, their transports to improve,
Join the longing choir above;
Swiftly to their wish be given,
Kindle higher joy in heaven.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #936

Author: Augustus Toplady

Toplady, Augustus Montague, the author of "Rock of Ages," was born at Farnham, Surrey, November 4, 1740. His father was an officer in the British army. His mother was a woman of remarkable piety. He prepared for the university at Westminster School, and subsequently was graduated at Trinity College, Dublin. While on a visit in Ireland in his sixteenth year he was awakened and converted at a service held in a barn in Codymain. The text was Ephesians ii. 13: "But now, in Christ Jesus, ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ." The preacher was an illiterate but warm-hearted layman named Morris. Concerning this experience Toplady wrote: "Strange that I, who had so long sat under the means of grace in England, should b… Go to person page >

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First Line: Deathless spirit, now arise
Author: Augustus Toplady
Refrain First Line: Sign our pledge, now sign

Notes

Deathless principle, arise. A. M. Toplady, [ Death Anticipated.] This hymn first appeared in
“A Memoir of some Principal Circumstances in the Life and Death of the Rev. Augustus Montague Toplady, late Vicar of Broad Hembury, Devon. To which is added, written by himself, the Dying Believer's Address to his soul, and his own last Will and Testament. London, Pr. for J. Matthews, 1778, pr. 6d."
On p. 24 of this Memoir we read:
"The following soliloquy, written some years ago by Mr. Toplady upon the death of a valued friend, has been thought so apposite to himself in his own dying hour that it is presented without any further apology."
After a sentence referring to the Emperor Hadrian, and his poem, "Animula, vagula, blandula," &c, and a note embodying Pope's translation of Hadrian's "Animula”, &c, and of "Musculus Versus," the poem, "Deathless principle, arise" follows, in stanzas of irregular length. It was subsequently shaped into 6 stanzas of 8 lines, and in this form is given in D. Sedgwick's reprint of Toplady's Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1860, p. 165. In its full form it is found in many collections, both old and new, but usually for private use. In some American collections a cento is given beginning: “Deathless spirit, now arise," as in Dr. Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, N. Y., 1872, whilst in others, as Longfellow & Johnson's Unitarian Hymns of the Spirit, Boston, 1864, there is a second cento, "Burst thy shackles! drop thy clay! " --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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