Awake, Jerusalem, awake

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This is an hymn by Charles Wesley, published in 1742 in Hymns and Sacred Songs, Part 2, No. 1, entitled The 52nd Chapter of Isaiah.

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Part I.
1. Awake, Jerusalem, awake,
No longer in thy sins lie down,
The garment of salvation take,
Thy beauty, and thy strength put on.

2. By impious feet no longer trod,
Thy God shall cleanse thy every stain,
O holy city of thy God,
Thou shalt not bear his name in vain.

3. Shake off the dust that blinds thy sight,
And hides the promise from thine eyes,
Arise, and struggle into light,
Thy great deliverer calls, Arise!

4. Shake off the bands of sad despair,
Zion, assert thy liberty,
Look up, thy broken heart prepare,
And God shall set the captive free.

5. For thus the Lord your God hath said,
Ye all have sold yourselves for naught,
A ransom (not by you) is paid,
Receive your liberty unbought.

6. My people have been long oppressed,
No glory thence redounds to me,
Long have I seen them sore distressed,
Grieved at my people’s misery.

7. They groaned beneath the tyrant’s chain,
Sin ruled them with an iron rod,
The suffering abjects howl’d for pain,
They groaned, but durst not groan to God.

8. Th’oppressors with insulting boast,
My truth and saving power contemned,
My worship, and my praise was lost,
My name was every day blasphemed.

9. For this my jealousy is stir’d,
And shall a great deliverance show,
My people shall confess their Lord,
My faithfulness and mercy know.

10. Surely they all shall know my name,
They all my attributes shall prove:
I am, what I am called; I am
Justice, and truth, and power, and love.

 

Part II.
1. How beautiful his feet appear
High on the mountain-tops, who brings
Glad tidings of salvation near,
Salvation from the King of kings!

2. Who publishes the joyful sound,
Proclaims a peace ’twixt earth and heaven,
A ransom for the sinner found,
God reconciled, and man forgiven.

3. That says to Israel’s mournful race,
Awake, arise, shake off thy chains,
Believe the word of gospel-grace,
Thy God, thy great Redeemer reigns.

4. Thy watchmen shall the voice lift up,
Shall sing with gladsome melody,
Object of all their joy and hope,
When eye to eye their Lord they see.

5. Him, eye to eye, shall they behold,
Shall shout to see the Savior come,
To save a world redeemed of old,
To bring the weary captives home.

6. Break forth into joy, your comforter sing,
Ye sinners employ your all for your King,
Rejoice ye waste places, your Savior proclaim,
Bestow all your praises, and lives on his name.

7. For Jesus the Lord hath comforted man,
The sinner restored; nor suffered in vain,
To bring us to heaven when raised from our fall,
His life he hath given a ransom for all.

8. His arm he hath bared, his mercy and grace
Hath pardon prepared for all the lost race:
His uttermost merit displayed in our sight,
We all may inherit, and claim as our right.

9. The Gentiles shall hear the life-giving call,
His grace shall appear, and visit them all:
The common salvation to all doth belong,
To every nation, and people, and tongue.

 

Part III.
1. Depart, ye ransomed souls, depart,
The house of bondage quit; be clean:
Called to be saints, be pure in heart,
Abhor the loathsome touch of sin.

2. Vessels of mercy, sons of grace,
Be purged from every sinful stain,
Be like your Lord; his word embrace,
Nor bear his hallowed name in vain.

3. For not as fugitives that try
By hasty flight t’escape the foe,
Ye from the power of sin shall fly,
But calmly in full triumph go.

4. The Lord shall in your front appear,
And lead the pompous triumph on;
His glory shall bring up the rear,
And perfect what his grace begun.

5. Behold the servant of my grace,
My Son shall heavenly wisdom show,
Deal gently with the sin-sick race,
And minister my life below.

6. His mighty arm, his high right-hand,
Still the preeminence shall have,
Shall bow the world to his command,
And magnify his power to save.

7. Vilest of all the sons of men
Him in his days of flesh they viewed,
His body mangled, torn with pain,
His visage marred with tears and blood.

8. The world on him they doomed to die,
With fresh astonishment shall gaze,
Amazed their Savior to descry,
O’er-powered with his stupendous grace.

9. The suffering sin-atoning God
Shall kindly raise them from their fall,
Sprinkle the nations with his blood,
And tell them, he hath died for all.

10. The nations shall receive his word,
And kings to his command submit,
The lords of earth shall call him Lord,
And lay their crowns before his feet.

11. Fountain of power, when he is near
The gods of earth are gods no more,
Poor guilty worms they bow, they fear,
And fall, and silently adore.

12. Children of wrath and slaves of sin
They now shall see their lost estate;
Shall see the blood that makes them clean
The power that makes them truly great.

13. Shall now, in Jesus taught to trust,
Accept the grace on all bestowed,
This their best title, and their boast,
Servants of Christ, and sons of God.

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