Arm of the Lord, awake, awake (Wesley)
Arm of the Lord, awake, awake. Charles Wesley* (1707-1788).
From Hymns and Sacred Poems (1739), where it was headed ‘Isaiah li. 9 &c.’ (‘Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?’). It had five 8-line stanzas. It was shortened in the 1780 Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People called Methodists to six 4-line stanzas, using 1, 4 and 5 from 1739:
Arm of the Lord, awake, awake, Thine own immortal strength put on!With terror clothed, hell’s kingdom shake, And cast thy foes with fury down!
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