1 Wake the song of joy and gladness,
Hither bring your noblest lays;
Banish ev'ry tho't of sadness,
Pouring forth your highest praise,
Sing to him whose care has brought us
Once again with friends to meet,
And whose loving voice has taught us
Of the way to Jesus' feet.
Wake the song, wake the Song,
the song of joy and gladness,
Wake the song, wake the song,
The song of jubilee.
2 Joyfully with songs and banners,
We will greet the festal day;
Shout aloud our glad hosannas,
And our grateful homage pay.
We will change our Saviour's glory
While our tho'ts we raise above,
Telling still "the old, old story,"
Precious theme Redeeming love! [Refrain]
3 Thanks to thee, O holy Father,
For the mercies of the year;
May each heart, as here we gather,
Swell with gratitude sincere,
Thanks to thee, O loving Saviour,
For redemption thro' thy blood:
Breathe upon us, Holy Spirit,
Sweetly draw us near to God. [Refrain]
Sherwin, William Fisk, an American Baptist, was born at Buckland, Massachusetts, March 14,1826. His educational opportunities, so far as schools were concerned, were few, but he made excellent use of his time and surroundings. At fifteen he went to Boston and studied music under Dr. Mason: In due course he became a teacher of vocal music, and held several important appointments in Massachusetts; in Hudson and Albany, New York County, and then in New York City. Taking special interest in Sunday Schools, he composed carols and hymn-tunes largely for their use, and was associated with the Rev. R. Lowry and others in preparing Bright Jewels, and other popular Sunday School hymn and tune books. A few of his melodies are known in Great Britain th… Go to person page >
Display Title: Wake the SongFirst Line: Wake the song of joy and gladnessTune Title: [Wake the song of joy and gladness]Author: William F. SherwinSource: Pure Gold for the Sunday School, by Robert Lowry & W. Howard Doane (New York: Biglow & Main Company, 1871)