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Awake, My Soul, in Joyful Lays
Words: Samuel Medley (1738–1799)
Music: Loving-Kindness | Appeared in The Christian Lyre, Volume 1, by Joshua Leavitt, 1831. Katherine Diehl attributed it to William Caldwell, before 1830.
1. Awake, my soul, in joyful lays
And sing Thy great Redeemer’s praise;
He justly claims a song from me,
His loving-kindness, O how free!

2. He saw me ruin’d in the fall,
Yet lov’d me notwithstanding all;
He saved me from my lost estate,
His loving-kindness, O how great!

3. When I was Satan’s easy prey
And deep in debt and bondage lay,
He paid His life for my discharge,--
His loving-kindness, O how large.

4. Tho’ numerous hosts of mighty foes,
Tho’ earth and hell my way oppose,
He safely leads my soul along,
His loving-kindness, O how strong!

5. When trouble like a gloomy cloud,
Has gather’d thick, and thunder’d loud,
He near my soul has always stood,
His loving-kindness, O how good!

6. Often I feel my sinful heart,
Prone from my Jesus to depart;
But tho’ I have Him oft forgot,
His loving-kindness changes not.

7. Soon shall I pass the gloomy vale
Soon all my mortal powers must fail;
Oh, may my last expiring breath
His loving-kindness sing in death!

8. Then let me mount and soar away
To the bright world of endless day
And sing with rapture and surprise
His loving-kindness in the skies.