981. Come Away to the Skies

1. Come away to the skies,
my belovèd, arise
And rejoice in the day thou wast born;
On this festival day,
come exulting away,
And with singing to Zion return.

2. We have laid up our love
and our treasure above,
Though our bodies continue below.
The redeemed of the Lord
will remember His Word,
And with singing to paradise go.

3. Now with singing and praise
let us spend all the days
By our heavenly Father bestowed,
While His grace we receive
from His bounty, and live
To the honor and glory of God!

4. For the glory we were
first created to share,
Both the nature and kingdom divine,
Now created again that
our lives may remain
Throughout time and eternity Thine.

5. We with thanks do
approve the design
Of that love that hath joined us to Jesus’ name;
Now united in heart,
let us never more part,
Till we meet at the feast of the Lamb.

6. There, Oh! there at His feet,
we shall all likewise meet,
And be parted in body no more;
We shall sing to our lyres,
with the heavenly choirs,
And our Savior in glory adore.

7. Hallelujah! we sing
to our Father and King,
And His rapturous praises repeat:
To the Lamb that was slain,
Hallelujah again!
Sing all Heaven and fall at His feet!

Text Information
First Line: Come away to the skies
Title: Come Away to the Skies
Author: Charles Wesley (1755)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Wesley wrote this hymn for his wife's birthday, titling it "On the Birthday of a Friend."
Tune Information
Arranger: Liland Ros' (2000)
Incipit: 55111 13212 22243
Key: E♭ Major
Source: The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, by William Walker (New York: Hastings House, 1835)
Copyright: Public Domain

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