Rise up, my spouse, thy bridegroom waits

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Rise up, my spouse, thy bridegroom waits is a hymn by Christopher Batty, published as hymn XVII on p24 of the 'Kendal hymn book', A collection of hymns for the use of those that seek, and those that have redemption in the blood of Christ, Kendal: printed by Tho. Ashburner, 1757.

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Text given in the 'Kendal Hymn Book' (1757)

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RISE up, my spouse, thy Bridegroom waits
Unwearied at thy temple's gates
Thy fainting soul to chear;
Open to me, I will thee bless;
I'll cloath thee with my righteousness,
And dissipate thy fear.

All reas'ning thoughts I will remove,
Give thee to feel my dying love,
Thy soul to captivate;
Upon my head the dews distill,
The cooling drops my locks do fill,
While I to bless thee wait.

What pleasing voice is this I hear?
Soul, 'tis the Lamb thy Master dear,
'Tis Jesus none but he:
Oh! bid me, Jesus, bid me come;
And take a weary trav'ler home;
I long to be set free.

Let my poor soul in Thee find rest,
Of ev'ry burden me divest;
Clearly thy love display;
Screen me beneath the cooling shade,
Which was for weary pilgims made
To chear them by the way.

Text set by Benjamin Milgrove (1768)

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Rise up, my spouse, thy bridegroom waits,
Unwearied at thy temple gates,
Thy fainting soul to cheer:
Open to me, I will thee bless,
And clothe me with my righteousness,
And banish all thy fear.

All reas'ning thoughts I will remove,
And tell thee of my dying love,
Thy soul to captivate:
Upon my head the dews distil,
The evening drops my locks do fill.
While I to bless thee wait.

What pleasing voice is this I hear?
Soul, 'tis the Lamb, thy master dear,
'Tis Jesus, none but He:
O, bid me, Jesus, bid me come,
And take a weary traveller home;
I long to be set free.

Let my poor soul in Thee find rest,
And leaning on thy loving breast,
Cast all my griefs away:
Screen me beneath the cooling shade,
Which is for weary pilgrims made,
To cheer them by the way.

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