Revive Thy work, O Lord
Revive Thy work, O Lord. Albert Midlane* (1825-1909).
First published in the British Messenger (October 1858), it was reprinted in The Evangelist’s Hymn Book (1860), and rapidly became popular. It is based on Habbakuk 3:2. It had six stanzas, the second of which has sometimes been omitted:
Revive Thy work, O Lord;
Disturb this sleep of death;
Quicken the smouldering embers now
By Thine almighty breath.
For the 1860 publication, Midlane’s verses were given a refrain, written by Fanny Crosby*, which became closely associated with the hymn in books such as Ira D. Sankey*’s Sacred Songs and Solos:
Revive Thy work, O Lord,
While here to Thee we bow;
Descend, O gracious Lord,...
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