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Awake My Heart, with Gladness

April 10th, 2007
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Awake, my heart, with gladness,
See what today is done,
Now after gloom and sadness
Comes forth the glorious Sun!
My Savior there was laid
Where our bed must be made
When to the realms of light
Our spirit wings its flight.

2. The Foe in triumph shouted
When Christ lay in the tomb,
But, lo, he now is routed,
His boast is turned to gloom.
For Christ again is free;
In glorious victory
He who is strong to save
Has triumphed o’er the grave.

3. Upon the grave is standing
The Hero, looking ’round;
The Foe, no more withstanding,
His weapons on the ground
Throws down, his hellish power
To Christ he must give o’er
And to the Victor’s bands
Must yield his feet and hands.

4. This is a sight that gladdens;
What peace it doth impart!
Now nothing ever saddens
The joy within my heart;
No gloom shall ever shake,
No foe shall ever take,
The hope which God’s own Son
In love for me hath won.

5. Now hell, its prince, the devil,
Of all their power are shorn;
Now I am safe from evil,
And sin I laugh to scorn.
Grim death with all his might
Cannot my soul affright;
He is a powerless form,
Howe’er he rave and storm.

6. The world against me rageth,
Its fury I disdain;
Though bitter war it wageth,
Its work is all in vain.
My heart from care is free,
No trouble troubles me.
Misfortune now is play,
And night is bright as day.

7. Now I will cling forever
To Christ, my Savior true;
My Lord will leave me never,
Whate’er He passes through.
He rends Death’s iron chain,
He breaks through sin and pain,
He shatters hell’s dark thrall,
I follow through it all.

8. To halls of heavenly splendor
With Him I penetrate;
And trouble ne’er may hinder
Nor make me hesitate.
Let tempests rage at will,
My Savior shields me still;
He grants abiding peace
And bids all tumult cease.

9. He brings me to the portal
That leads to bliss untold
Whereon this rime immortal
Is found in script of gold:
"Who there My cross hath shared
Finds here a crown prepared;
Who there with Me has died
Shall here be glorified."

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  1. organshoes
    April 10th, 2007 at 20:12 | #1

    I’m so glad LSB restored one of those verses, but all of them would have been nicer.
    It is set, by the way, to one of the gentlest, prettiest melodies in all of hymnody. It walks on air.
    It’s quite one thing to welcome Easter morning with trumpets and loud alleluias, but this is still joy, that simply glides.
    Indeed, some of the most expressive hymns we sing are from Johann Cruger, Gerhardt’s contemporary.
    Thank you for those lovely verses I had not yet read.
    McCain: I meant to check Pollack’s “Handbook” to the hymnal to see if there are yet still more verses to this hymn. I am very disappointed LSB didn’t give us more, the one about Christ standing on the tomb taking the devil captive is particularly striking. There is plenty of room on the facing page for all the verses. I’m going to write them in in my hymnal.

  2. organshoes
    April 11th, 2007 at 07:44 | #2

    That’s a great idea, Pastor McCain. Ditto.
    That’s the verse that jumped out at me as well.
    I hate that the reality of Christ the conquering hero–Christ saving the world from its worst foe–is given short shrift, in favor of Christ the buddy who wants to help me achieve my best self or best life. And wants nothing more than that we all get along.
    Give me Christ with a weapon–Christ *the* weapon–wielded for me as much as for the whole world, and keep your good buddy, pacifist, 12-step Jesus.
    Thank God hymnody keeps that Christ before us!

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