1 Wake, O strangely favored nation!
Wake, O land of hopes sublime!
Heed the heralds of salvation;
Grasp thy God’s accepted time;
Bow before the King of glory;
Weep the sins that curse thy days;
Tell thy vast domain His story;
Bid thy millions shout His praise.
2 Ye who freedom’s joys inherit,
Children of heroic sires,
Humbly plead the Savior’s merit,
Stir afresh your altar fires!
Holy work for God contriving,
Pardon, light and strength implore,
Lest the Spirit cease His striving
And your day of grace be o’er.
3 Mingled sons of distant races,
Finding here what home may be;
Fugitives from earth’s far places,
Christ can make you truly free.
Quickened minds for truth hard pressing,
Sons of toil to affluence brought;
Lo, the Gospel’s richer blessing,
Life eternal, passing thought!
4 With the Christly love that pities
Souls enslaved in error’s chains;
Bring your gold, ye teeming cities!
Bring your ripening fruits, ye plains!
Riches, honor, glory, blessing,
Give to Jesus more and more;
Till, each home and heart possessing,
He shall reign from shore to shore.
Colby, Henry Francis. (Roxbury, Massachusetts, November 25, 1842--May 8, 1915). Baptist. Son of the philanthropist Gardner Colby. Brown University, A.B. 1862, A.M. 1865; Newton Theological Institution [Seminary], 1867; Brown University, Honorary D.D., 1882. President, American Baptist Missionary Union, 1865-1868. Pastorate at Dayton, Ohio, 1868-1903. President, Board of Trustees, Denison University. President Ohio Baptist Convention, 1883-1886. Author of Restricted Communion, also a memoir of his father Gardner Colby (1879), a memoir of Ebenezer Thresher LL.D. (1886), and a sketch of Caleb Parker. His hymn "Waiting on the eve of labor, Knowing not he coming day," was sung at the graduation of his class at Newton Theological Institution, Jun… Go to person page >
Display Title: Wake, O Favored NationFirst Line: Wake, O strangely favored nation!Tune Title: PATNAAuthor: Henry F. ColbyMeter: 87.87 DSource: Sunny-Side Songs by W. Howard Doane (New York/ChicagoL Biglow & Main, 1893)