1. The God of glory sends his summons forth,
Calls the south nations, and awakes the north;
From east to west his sov'reign orders spread,
Through distant worlds and regions of the dead.
The trumpet sounds: hell trembles; heav'n rejoices;
Lift up you heads, ye saints, with cheerful voices.
2 No more shall atheists mock his long delay;
His vengeance sleeps no more; behold the day!
Behold, the Judge descends! his guards are nigh;
Tempests and fire attend him down the sky.
When God appears, all nature shall adore him:
While sinners tremble; saints rejoice before him.
3 Sinners, awake betimes; ye fools, be wise;
Awake before this dreadful morning rise.
Change your vain thoughts, your wicked ways amend;
Fly to the Saviour, make the Judge your friend;
Then join the saints; wake ev'ry cheerful passion:
When Christ returns, he comes for your salvation.
Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >
John Wainwright (b. Stockport, England, 1723; d. Stockport, 1768) wrote YORKSHIRE for [the] text [Christian's awake, salute the happy morn, by John Byrom] in 1750. The tune was first sung on Christmas Day, 1750, in the parish church of Stockport; it was first published in Caleb Ashworth's Collection…
Display Title: The God of Glory Sends His Summons ForthFirst Line: The God of glory sends His summons forthTune Title: YORKSHIREAuthor: Isaac WattsMeter: 10.10.10.10.10.10Source: The Psalms of David, 1719, alt.