Rise Up, O Men of God

One of the ways we can educate ourselves about the worldview of the Founding Fathers is to explore their hymns. The hymns of that era were full of passion and theology, and provide an experiential understanding of their state of mind.

Author: William Pierson Merrill, 1911 — Tune: Festal Song

1. Rise up, o men of God!

Have done with lesser things;

Give heart and soul and mind and strength

To serve the King of Kings.

3. Rise up, o men of God!

The Church for you doth wait

Her strength unequal to her task;

Rise up and make her great!

2. Rise up, o men of God!

His Kingdom tarries long;

Bring in the day of brotherhood

And end the night of wrong.

4. Lift high the cross of Christ!

Tread where His feet have trod’

As brothers of the Son of Man,

Rise up, O men of God!

Revive Thy Work

Author: Al­bert Mid­lane, 1858; same tune.

1. Revive thy work, O Lord,

Thy mighty arm make bare;

Speak with the voice that wakes the dead,

And make thy people hear

3. Revive thy work, O Lord,

Create soul-thirst for thee;

And hung’ring for the Bread of Life

O may our spirits be.

2. Revive thy work, O Lord,

Disturb this sleep of death;

Quicken the smould’ring embers now

By thine almighty breath.

4. Revive thy work, O Lord,

Exalt thy precious Name;

And, by the Holy Ghost, our love

For thee and thine inflame.

5. Revive thy work, O Lord,

Give pentecostal show’rs:

The glory shall be all thine own,

The blessing, Lord, be ours.

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