Awake my soul in joyful lays

Awake my soul in joyful lays. Samuel Medley* (1738-1799).  This was Hymn IX in the Second Edition of Hymns. By the Rev. S. Medley, of Liverpool (Bradford, 1789), and Hymn CLXXXI in his Hymns. The public worship and private devotions of the Christians assisted, in some thoughts in verse: principally drawn from select passages of the word of God (1800). It was preceded by ‘I will mention the loving kindness of the Lord. Isa. lxiii. 7.’ In the 1789 book each element of the loving kindness was given capital letters at the end of each stanza:  Awake my soul in joyful lays And sing thy great Redeemer’s praise; He justly claims a song from me,His loving kindness is so FREE.  He saw me ruin’d in...

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