1 Morn awakes and woodlands ring,
Earth and Heav’n with glory shine;
Glad as birds of dawn we sing,
Brimming o’er with song divine.
Sunbeams glitter, day is come,
Fled are all the fears of night;
Stones will shout, if lips are dumb:
Praise to Thee, great Lord of Light!
2 Bounding in the hearts of men,
Breaking on the grassy sod,
Swells the living tide again
From the flowing founts of God.
Dewy slumber leaves the eyes,
Joy in every soul is rife,
As from death, lo, all things rise;
Praise to Thee, great Lord of Life!
3 Sweet as God’s sweet grace the air
Breathes its freshness o’er the flowers;
Earth is beautiful and fair,
Blessèd are the morning hours.
Golden fields with radiance glow,
Golden skies gleam bright above,
Eden comes again below;
Praise to Thee, great Lord of Love!
4 Swiftly flies the night of time,
Soon eternal day will dawn,
Angel choirs in song sublime
Heralding unfading morn;
Then, transfigured evermore,
All the sin of earth forgiv’n,
Loud we’ll sing where saints adore,
Praise to Thee, great Lord of Heav’n!
Goadby, Thomas, an elder brother of the [Frederick William Goadby], was born at Leicester, Dec. 23, 1829. He studied for the ministry at the Baptist College, Leicester, and at Glasgow University, where he graduated B.A. in 1856; was successively pastor of Baptist churches in Coventry, London, and Derby. In 1873 he was appointed President of Chilwell College, now the "Nottingham Baptist College." Mr. Goadby has contributed many papers to newspapers, reviews, and other periodicals, and has published several sermons and addresses delivered on public occasions from 1860 to 1881. In 1884 he published Revelation, its Nature and Record, translated from the German of Ewald. His compositions in verse are a short poem, entitled The Day of Death 1863,… Go to person page >
Display Title: Morn Awakes, And Woodlands SingFirst Line: Morn awakes and woodlands ringTune Title: MADRIDAuthor: Thomas GoadbyMeter: 77.77 DSource: The School Hymnal by W. R. Stevenson (London: E. Marlborough & Company, 1880)