1. Awake—awake the sacred song
To our incarnate Lord!
Let every heart, and every tongue,
Adore th’ eternal Word.
2. That awful Word, that sovereign Power,
By whom the worlds were made—
Oh! happy morn—illustrious hour!—
Was once in flesh arrayed.
3. Then shone almighty power and love,
In all their glorious forms,
When Jesus left his throne above,
To dwell with sinful worms.
4. To dwell with misery here below,
The Saviour left the skies,
And sunk to wretchedness and woe,
That worthless man might rise.
5. Adoring angels tuned their songs,
To hail the joyful day;
With rapture, then, let human tongues
Their grateful homage pay.
Henry Ward Beecher, Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes for the Use of Christian Congregations, (New York: A. S. Barnes & Company, 1859), 63.