Revive thy work, O Lord

Representative Text

1 Revive thy work, O Lord,
thy mighty arm make bare;
speak with the voice that wakes the dead,
and make thy people hear.

2 Revive thy work, O Lord,
disturb this sleep of death;
quicken the smouldering embers now
by thine almighty breath.

3 Revive thy work, O Lord,
create soul-thirst for thee;
and hungering for the bread of life
O may our spirits be.

4 Revive thy work, O Lord,
exalt thy precious Name;
and, by the Holy Ghost sent down,
our love for thee inflame.

5 Revive thy work, O Lord,
and give refreshing showers.
The glory shall be all thine own;
the blessing, Lord, be ours.

Source: Common Praise (1998) #454

Author: Albert Midlane

Midlane, Albert, was born at Newport, Isle of Wight, Jan. 23, 1825, and was engaged in business in that town for many years. To his Sunday school teacher he ascribes the honour of prompting him to poetic efforts: and the same teacher did much to shape his early life. His first printed hymn, "Hark! in the presence of our God," was written in September, 1842, at Carisbrooke Castle, and printed in the Youth’s Magazine in November of the same year. Since then he has written over 300, and of these a large proportion are in common use. They appeared in magazines and small mission hymn-books, including:— (1) The Youth's Magazine; (2) The British Messenger; (3) The London Messenger; (4) Trotter's Evangelical Hymn Book, 1860; (5) The Ambassador… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Revive thy work, O Lord, Thy mighty arm make bare
Title: Revive thy work, O Lord
Author: Albert Midlane (1858)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Revive Thy work, O Lord, Thy mighty arm make bare. A. Midlane. [Home Missions.] First published in the British Messenger, Oct. 1858, again in the Evangelical Hymn Book , 1860, and again in a large number of hymnals in Great Britain and America. The original text is usually given with the change of stanza v. 1. 2, "Give pentecostal showers," to "And give refreshing showers," as in the Hymnal Companion, No. 150. It is one of the most popular of Mr. Midlane's hymns. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


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DENNIS (Nägeli)

Lowell Mason (PHH 96) arranged DENNIS and first published it in The Psaltery (1845), a hymnal he compiled with George. Webb (PHH 559). Mason attributed the tune to Johann G. Nageli (b. Wetzikon, near Zurich, Switzerland, 1773; d. Wetzikon, 1836) but included no source reference. Nageli presumably pu…

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