The Army and Navy Hymnal/Hymns/Awake, My Soul, Stretch Every Nerve

For works with similar titles, see Christmas.

The tune is from Handel's 1728 opera Siroe; Lowell Mason adapted it for use as a hymn tune for the Christmas hymn "While shepherds watched their flocks by night" in 1821.

134 Awake, My Soul, Stretch Every Nerve
Philip Doddridge, 1702-1751 George Friedrich Handel, 1728

1.Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve, And press with vigor on!
A heavenly race demands thy zeal,
And an immortal crown, And an immortal crown,
2.A cloud of witnesses around Hold thee in full survey ;
Forget the steps already trod,
And onward urge thy way, And onward urge thy way.
3.Tis God's all animating voice That calls thee from on high;
Tis his own hand presents the prize To thine aspiring eye,
To thine aspiring eye.
4.Blest Saviour, introduced by thee, Havel my race be-gun;
And,crowned with victory, at thy feet
I'll lay my honors down, I'll lay my honors down. Amen