Christ My Song - 251
Awake, my heart, this day of rest - The Sabbath morning
(Carl Johann Philipp Spitta/Richard Massie/
Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
The Sabbath morning.
1. Awake, my heart, this day of rest,
day which the Lord himself hath blessed;
the merry church-bells seem to say:
Come to the house of God today.
2. Now God declares to thee his will,
prepare thy heart, and hold thee still;
as he will do his work in thee,
keep hand and heart from all work free.
3. Today the Lord throws wide his door,
and gives out bread to rich and poor,
his precious word, his living bread;
who tastes of this no death need dread.
4. Today the Sower goeth forth
to sow his seed throughout the earth,
which in the heart, where it takes hold,
brings forth good fruit an hundred fold.
5. Today the faithful Shepherd leads
his sheep and lambs to pleasant meads,
where tender grass and herbage grow,
and streams of living water flow.
6. The good Physician, whose rare skill
can heal all kinds of human ill,
today is ready to impart
healing to every broken heart.
7. O happy day! O day of rest!
O Sabbath which the Lord hath blessed!
The merry church-bells seem to say:
Come to the house of God today!
Richard Massie, Lyra Domestica II, 1863, 51-52.
Translated from the German Es wird mein Herz mit Freuden wach - Sonntagsfrühe
of Carl Johann Philipp Spitta.