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Christians, Awake, Salute The Happy Morn
by Byrom, John

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Genre: Hymns/Spiritual
Language: English



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Version 1
1. Christians, awake, salute the happy morn
Whereon the Savior of the world was born. [1]
Rise to adore the mystery of love
Which hosts of angels chanted from above,
With them the joyful tidings first begun
Of God Incarnate and the Virgin's Son.

2. Then to the watchful shepherds it was told,
Who heard th' angelic herald's voice, "Behold,
I bring good tidings of a Savior's birth
To you and all the nations upon the earth;
This day hath God fulfilled His promised Word;
This day is born a Savior, Christ the Lord."

3. He spake; and straightaway the celestial choir
In hymns of joy, unknown before, conspire;
The praises of redeeming love they sang,
And heaven's whole orb with alleluias rang. [1a]
God's highest glory was their anthem still,
Peace upon earth and unto men good will.

4. To Bethlehem straight th' enlightened shepherds ran [1b]
To see the wonder God had wrought for man
And found, with Joseph and the blessed maid,
Her Son, the Savior, in a manger laid;
Then to their flocks, still praising God, return,
And their glad hearts with holy rapture burn. [2]

5. Oh, may we keep and ponder in our mind
God's wondrous love in saving lost mankind! [3]
Trace we the Babe, who hath retrieved our loss,
From His poor manger to His bitter cross,
Tread in His steps, [4] assisted by His grace,
Till man's first heavenly state again takes place.

6. Then may we hope, th' angelic hosts among,
To sing, redeemed, a glad triumphal song.
He that was born upon this joyful day
Around us all His glory shall display.
Saved by His love, incessant we shall sing
Eternal praise to heaven's almighty King. [5]

Some authorities have an alternate fourth verse:
4. To Bethlehem straight the enlightened shepherds ran,
To see the wonder God had wrought for man,
And found, with Joseph and the blessbd Maid,
Her Son, the Saviour, in a manger laid;
Amazed the wondrous story they proclaim,
The first apostles of his infant fame.

Some authorities add the following verse as verse five, and omit verse six, above: 5. Like Mary let us ponder in our mind God's wondrous love in saving lost mankind; Trace we the Babe, who hath retrieved our loss, From his poor manger to his bitter cross; Then may we hope, the angelic thrones among, To sing, redeemed, a glad triumphal song.

1. Whereon the Saviour of mankind was born

1a. The heaven's whole arch with alleluias rang.

1b. Or: the happy shepherds ran

2. Or, for the last two lines:
Amazed, the wondrous story they proclaim,
The earliest heralds of the Saviour’s name.

3. Or, for the first two lines:
Let us, like these good shepherds, then employ
Our grateful voices to proclaim the joy;

4. Or: Treading His steps

5. Or: Of angels and of angel-men the King.


Version 2
John Byrom, 1692-1763

1. Christians, awake, salute the happy morn
Whereon the Savior of the world was born.
Rise to adore the mystery of love
Which hosts of angels chanted from above;
With them the joyful tidings first begun
Of God Incarnate and the Virgin's Son.

2. Then to the watchful shepherds it was told,
Who heard the angelic herald's voice, "Behold,
I bring good tidings of a Savior's birth
To you and all the nations upon earth;
This day hath God fulfilled His promised word;
This day is born a Savior, Christ the Lord."

3. He spake; and straightway the celestial choir
In hymns of joy, unknown before, conspire;
The praises of redeeming love they sang,
And heaven's whole orb with alleluias rang.
God's highest glory was their anthem still,
Peace upon earth, and unto men good will.

4. To Bethlehem straight th' enlightened shepherds ran
To see the wonder God had wrought for man
And found, with Joseph and the blessed maid,
Her Son, the Savior, in a manger laid;
Then to their flocks, still praising God, return.
And their glad hearts with holy rapture burn.

5. Oh, may we keep and ponder in our mind
God's wondrous love in saving lost mankind!
Trace we the Babe, who hath retrieved our loss,
From His poor manger to His bitter cross,
Tread in His steps, assisted by His grace,
Till man's first heavenly state again takes place.

6.Then may we hope, th' angelic hosts among,
To sing, redeemed, a glad triumphal song.
He that was born upon this joyful day
Around us all His glory shall display.
Saved by His love, incessant we shall sing
Eternal praise to heaven's almighty King.



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Words: John Byrom, 1745. Byrom had several children, but his favorite was his daugh­ter Dolly. In December 1745, af­ter a romp with Dolly, he prom­ised to write her some­thing for Christ­mas; it was to be writ­ten es­pe­cial­ly for her, and no one else. The de­light­ed Dol­ly re­mind­ed her father of his prom­ise each day as Christ­mas grew near­er. On Christ­mas morn­ing, when she ran down to breakfast, she found sev­er­al pre­sents await­ing her. Among them was an en­ve­lope ad­dressed to her in her fa­ther’s hand­writ­ing. It was the first thing she opened, and to her great de­light, it proved to be this Christ­mas carol. The orig­in­al man­u­script is head­ed “Christmas Day for Dolly.” It was first pub­lished in Har­rop’s Man­chest­er Mercu­ry in 1746.

Music: “Yorkshire,” John Wainright, 1750.



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