Christians, awake! salute the happy morn


Christians, awake, salute the happy morn
whereon the Savior of the world was born;
rise to adore the mystery of love,
which hosts of angels chanted from above;
with them the joyful tidings first begun
of God Incarnate and the Virgin's Son.

Then to the watchful shepherds it was told,
who heard the angelic herald's voice: "Behold,
I bring good tidings of a Savior's birth,
to you and all the nations on the earth:
this day hath God fulfilled his promised word,
this day is born a Savior, Christ the Lord."

He spake, and straightway the celestial choir
in hymns of joy, unknown before, conspire;
the praises of redeeming love they sang,
and heaven's whole orb with alleluias rang;
God's highest glory was their anthem still,
peace on the earth, and unto men good will.

To Bethlehem straight the enlightened shepherds ran
to see the wonder God had wrought for man,
and found, with Joseph and the blessèd Maid,
her Son, the Savior, in a manger laid;
then to their flocks, still praising God, return,
and their glad hearts with holy rapture burn.

O may we keep and ponder in our mind
God's wondrous love in saving lost mankind;
trace we the Babe, who hath retrieved our loss,
from his poor manger to his bitter cross;
treading his steps, assisted by his grace,
till man's first heavenly state again takes place.

Then may we hope, the angelic thrones among,
to sing, redeemed, a glad triumphal song;
he that was born upon this joyful day
around us all his glory shall display;
saved by his love, incessant we shall sing
eternal praise to heaven's almighty King.


Words: John Byrom (1692-1763), 1750

MIDI: Yorkshire (Stockport, John Wainwright, 1723-1768, arr. William Henry Monk, 1823- 1889)

Meter: 10 10 10 10 10 10

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874 047 Yorkshire  
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley) 021 Yorkshire  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert) 021 Yorkshire, Chelsea  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau) 021 Yorkshire  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins) 021 Yorkshire  
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874 077 Yorkshire, Conway  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874 080 Yorkshire  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924 061 Yorkshire  
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879 111    
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890 084 Yorkshire  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington) 056 Yorkshire  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker) 056 Yorkshire  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins) 056 Yorkshire, Christians awake  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau) 056 Yorkshire  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein) 056 Yorkshire, Christians awake  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter) 056 Yorkshire  
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903 084 Yorkshire  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904 063 Yorkshire  
The English Hymnal, 1906 021 Yorkshire  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908 074 Yorkshire  
The Hymnal 1916 076 Yorkshire  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917 106 Yorkshire  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919 081 Yorkshire  
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
054 Yorkshire  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925 056 Yorkshire  
Songs of Praise, 1925 048 Yorkshire  
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931 073 Yorkshire  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 078 Yorkshire  
The Hymnal 1940 016 Yorkshire  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 061 Yorkshire  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955 &nsbp;    
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 057 Yorkshire  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 097 Yorkshire  
The Hymn Book 1971      
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 231 Yorkshire  
The Hymnal 1982 106 Yorkshire  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983 036    
The New English Hymnal, 1985 024    
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 078 Yorkshire  
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 084 Yorkshire  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998      
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999 306 Yorkshire  
Sing Glory, 1999 347 Yorkshire  
Complete Mission Praise, 2000 080 Yorkshire  
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 048 Yorkshire  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 094 Yorkshire  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000      

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