Salvation Approaching

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1 Awake, ye saints, and raise your eyes,
And raise your voices high;
Away, and praise that sov'reign love,
That shows salvation nigh.

2 On all the wings of time it flies,
Each moment brings it near;
Then welcome each declining day,
Welcome each closing year.

3 Ye wheels of nature, speed your course!
Ye mortal powers, decay!
Fast as ye bring the night of death,
Ye bring eternal day.

4 O Father, here our hearts we raise
To Thee in heav'n above;
And at the year's swift close, we praise
Thy providence, and love.


Source: The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #604

Author: Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Awake, ye saints, and raise your eyes
Title: Salvation Approaching
Author: Philip Doddridge
Language: English
Refrain First Line: We are now looking over
Copyright: Public Domain


Awake, ye saints, and raise [lift] your eyes. P. Doddridge. [Exhortation.] This hymn is not in the "D. MSS.," and was first published by J. Orton in his edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 264, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "The near Approach of Salvation, an Engagement to Diligence and Love. Rom. xiii. 11."It was also repeated in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839. It came into common use at an early date, and is still found in a few important collections in Great Britain, and America. In R. Conyers's Psalms and Hymns, 1774, it was altered to "Awake, ye saints, and lift your eyes;" but this has died out of use. Original text in Lyra Britannica, 1867, p. 191, and Lord Selborne’s Book of Praise, 1862, p. 296.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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