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Awake, awake: fling off the night

Awake, awake: fling off the night. John Raphael Peacey* (1896-1971). This hymn was one of a number of Peacey’s hymns published in 100HfT and thus in A&MNS. It had the title ‘The New Life’. It is based on phrases from Ephesians 5: 8-10, in the New English Bible translation: ‘For though you were once all darkness, now as Christians you are light. Live like men who are at home in daylight; for where light is, there all goodness springs up, all justice and truth.’ So Peacey’s verse 2 (of 5) draws on this, and also on the famous verse 19 of the same chapter: ‘speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and songs’: Awake and sing, with praises strong, in psalm and hymn and Spirit-song. Let love...

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