The Doxology

Something for the weekend.  Thanksgiving weekend seems an appropriate time for The Doxology.  Written in 1674 by Thomas Ken, it is the last stanza that is usually performed, a heartfelt call for the worship of God.  The Doxolgy is usually performed to the tune of Old Hundredth.  It has been a popular hymn in America since it was written.

The Doxology  

Awake, my soul, and with the sun

 Thy daily stage of duty run;  

Shake off dull sloth, and joyful rise,  

To pay thy morning sacrifice.  

Thy precious time misspent, redeem,  

Each present day thy last esteem,  

Improve thy talent with due care;  

For the great day thyself prepare.  

By influence of the Light divine  

Let thy own light to others shine.  

Reflect all Heaven’s propitious ways  

In ardent love, and cheerful praise.  

In conversation be sincere;  

Keep conscience as the noontide clear;  

Think how all seeing God thy ways  

And all thy secret thoughts surveys.  

Wake, and lift up thyself, my heart,  

And with the angels bear thy part,  

Who all night long unwearied sing  

High praise to the eternal King.  

All praise to Thee, who safe has kept  

And hast refreshed me while I slept

 Grant, Lord, when I from death shall wake

 I may of endless light partake.  

 Heav’n is, dear Lord, where’er Thou art,  

O never then from me depart;  

For to my soul ’tis hell to be  

But for one moment void of Thee.  

Lord, I my vows to Thee renew;  

Disperse my sins as morning dew.  

Guard my first springs of thought and will,  

And with Thyself my spirit fill.  

Direct, control, suggest, this day,  

All I design, or do, or say,  

That all my powers, with all their might,  

In Thy sole glory may unite.  

I would not wake nor rise again  

And Heaven itself I would disdain,  

Wert Thou not there to be enjoyed,  

And I in hymns to be employed.  

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;  

Praise Him, all creatures here below;  

Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;  

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

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