Get up with a Good Praise: “Awake and Sing the Song”
This invigorating hymn is the best way to hear and sing when you wake up in the morning.
The lyricist for "Awake and Sing the Song" is William Hammond while its composer is Thomas Clark. Clark's arrangement for this hymn is Haddington. There are other arrangements for this hymn, namely "Silver Street" from Isaac Smith (1770) and "St. Thomas". The latter is usually attributed to Aaron Williams (1731-1776).
First published in 1745 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, "Awake and Sing the Song" was penned around 1843. The original poem/hymn has fourteen stanzas. This hymn has been modified twice. Once, in 1753 for the "Collection of Hymns for Social Worship" by George Whitefield (1714-1770) and again in 1760 for the "Collection of Psalms and Hymns" by Martin Madan (1726-1790). The current version of the text is a mix of these two versions.
"Awake and Sing the Song" is a song of many things. The first stanza is a song of praise. We should wake our hearts and tongues to sing to the glory of God. In its second stanza, the hymn evokes love. This love is love for our Savior in His sacrifice and expression of joy for His resurrection. With His resurrection, the road for salvation begins. The third stanza speaks of grace. As a song of grace, this hymn emphasizes God's grace to us when we cast away sin – an action worthy of praise and adoration.
Meanwhile, the fourth stanza speaks of a joyous song. The lines express of joy for the path to Heaven, a heavenly ransom and proclaiming Christ as a glorious king. A home in Heaven is what the fifth stanza stands for. It tells heavenly rewards and be called by God to His Home. The last verse is the hymn of rapture in Heaven, an eternal life that all believers aspire to achieve.
The hymn's lyricist, William, Hammond (6 January 1719 – 19 August 1783), is an English hymnist. He was born in Battle, Sussex. His completed his education at St. John's College, Cambridge. His background includes joining the Calvinistic Methodists (1743) and Moravian Brethren (1745). His work appeared in his hymnbook, Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, alongside his translations of older Latin hymns.