Celebrate 10 years of Hymnary.org!

It's Hymnary's 10th birthday this month and to celebrate, we're giving the gifts! Want a free FlexScore? Look for the "Claim Free FlexScore" button on any public domain FlexScore page and enjoy a complimentary FlexScore on us.

Deathless spirit, now arise

Deathless spirit, now arise

Author: Augustus Toplady
Published in 61 hymnals

Full Text

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 >

Text Information

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


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)



Instances (1 - 61 of 61)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A Collection of Choral Hymns for the ... Hanson Place Methodist Episcopal Congregation #d34
A Collection of Hymns #417Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d164
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d165
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #d164
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #1045Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns from Various Authors. New ed. #d76
A Collection of Hymns: Supplementary to the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #432Page Scan
A Compilation of Genuine Church Music. 4th ed. #d62
A New and Choice Selection of Hymns for Social Worship and Pravate Devotion #d21
A Selection of Hymns, adapted to the devotions of the closet, the family, and the social circle; and containing subjects appropriate to the monthly concerns of prayer for the success... #120Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns: designed as a supplement to the "psalms and hymns" of the Presbyterian church #474Page Scan
Chapel Hymns #d123
Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #519Page Scan
Church Harmonies: a collection of hymns and tunes for the use of Congregations #700Page Scan
Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d159
Congregational Hymn and Tune Book; containing the Psalms and Hymns of the General Association of Connecticut, adapted to Suitable Tunes #1018
Family Hymns #d55
Free Methodist Hymnal #d133
Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #1004Page Scan
Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #1004Page Scan
Hymnal of the Reformed Episcopal Church, adopted in General Council, Chicago, May 1879 #d55
Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #1317Page Scan
Hymns for Church and Home #404Page Scan
Hymns for Public Worship #494Page Scan
Hymns for Social Worship: selected from Watts, Doddridge, Newton, Cowper, Steele and others #511Page Scan
Hymns for the Sick-Room #88Page Scan
Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #674Page Scan
Hymns of the Ages: being selections from Wither, Cranshaw, Southwell, Habington, and other sources (2nd series) #258Page Scan
Hymns of the Church Militant #227Page Scan
Hymns of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States, as authorized by the General Convention: with an additional selection #458Page Scan
New Hymn and Tune book: an Offering of Praise for the Methodist Episcopal Church #321dPage Scan
New Hymn and Tune Book: an Offering of Praise for the Use of the African M. E. Zion Church of America #321dPage Scan
Ocean Melodies, and Seamen's Companion: a collection of hymns and music; for the use of Bethels, Chaplains of the Navy and private devotion of Mariners #76aPage Scan
Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #1254Page Scan
Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d110
Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #H474Page Scan
Revival Hymns ... with a Supplement. 2nd ed. #d62
Sacred Melodies for Social Worship #357Page Scan
Songs in the Night; or Hymns for the Sick and Suffering. 2nd ed. #d29
The American Hymn and Tune Book #d138
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book: being "The Plymouth Collection" enlarged and adapted to the use of Baptist churches #1254Page Scan
The Book of Praise #d64
The Christian Hymn Book: a compilation of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, original and selected (Rev. and enl.) #1072Page Scan
The Clifton Chapel Collection of "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs": for public, social and family worship and private devotions at the Sanitarium, Clifton Springs, N. Y. #1428Page Scan
The Evangelical Hymnal with Tunes #453Page Scan
The Gospel Psalmist #685Page Scan
The Guiding Star for Sunday Schools: a new collection of Sunday school songs, together with a great variety of anniversary pieces written expressly for this worke #128Page Scan
The Halifax Selection of Hymns: intended as a Supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #d94
The Heart and Voice: or, Songs of Praise for the Sanctuary: hymn and tune book, designed for congregational singing in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and for congregations generally #304aPage Scan
The Hymn Book of the Free Methodist Church #741Page Scan
The Lecture-Room Hymn-Book: containing the psalms and hymns of the book of common prayer, together with a choice selection of additional hymns, and an appendix of chants and tunes... #H422Page Scan
The Psalmist: a new collection of hymns for the use of Baptist churches; with a supplement #1089Page Scan
The Psalmist: a New Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Baptist Churches #1089Page Scan
The Tribute of praise and Methodist Protestant Hymn Book. #470Page Scan
The Tribute of Praise: a collection of hymns and tunes for public and social worship, and for the use in the family circle and Sabbath school #470Page Scan
The Tribute of Praise: a collection of hymns and tunes for public and social worship, and for use in the family circle #470Page Scan
The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #936TextPage Scan
The Wesleyan Harp, a Collection of Hymns and Tunes Suitable for Social Worship. 1st ed. #d26
The Wesleyan Methodist Hymnal #d122
Young Singer's Friend: or, the Lee Avenue collection of hymns and songs, sacred and secular, suitable for Sabbath schools, social circles, children's meetings, concerts, anniversaries, etc. #c26Page Scan
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us