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Raise Thee, My Soul

Raise thee, my soul, fly up, and run
Through every heav’nly street,
And say, there’s naught below the sun
That’s worthy of thy feet.

Thus will we mount on sacred wings,
And tread the courts above;
Nor earth, nor all her mightiest things,
Shall tempt our meanest love.

There on a high majestic throne
Th’ Almighty Father reigns,
And sheds his glorious goodness down
On all the blissful plains.

Bright like a sun the Savior sits,
And spreads eternal noon;
No evenings there, nor gloomy nights,
To want the feeble moon.

Amidst those ever-shining skies,
Behold the sacred Dove!
While banished sin and sorrow flies
From all the realms of love.

The glorious tenants of the place
Stand bending round the throne;
And saints and seraphs sing and praise
The infinite Three One.

But O! what beams of heav’nly grace
Transport them all the while
Ten thousand smiles from Jesus’ face,
And love in every smile!

Jesus! and when shall that dear day,
That joyful hour, appear,
When I shall leave this house of clay,
To dwell amongst them there?

- Isaac Watts

David de Bruyn

About David de Bruyn

David de Bruyn currently pastors New Covenant Baptist Church in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since 1999, he has presented a weekly radio program that is heard throughout much of central South Africa. He also blogs at Towards Conservative Christianity.

6 Responses to Raise Thee, My Soul

  1. Taigen Joos says:

    is this in four part hymn form someplace, or only in poetic form? btw, i am already enjoying the Artistic Theologian journal. Good stuff.

  2. David David says:

    I don't know which hymns tunes it has been set to, if any. I found it in poetic form in Watts' Psalms and Hymns. It's in Common Meter, so any CM tune will fit, though, of course, not all will fit the mood of the lyrics.

  3. Taigen Joos says:

    Thanks Pastor de Bruyn. I have also enjoyed your writings, particularly Building Conservative Churches. Thank you for your ministry.

  4. David David says:

    Thank you for the encouraging words, Pastor Joos.

  5. Jim Lowery says:

    For those, like me, who "obsess" over locating primary sources, this wonderful hymn is titled "The blessed society in heaven" (Hymn 33) in Dr. Watts' HYMNS AND SPIRITUAL SONGS IN THREE BOOKS, Book 2: "Composed on Divine Subjects".

    It can be accessed at Christian Etherial Classics Library:….

    Thank you Pastor, for including such a visually stimulating hymn.

    Jim Lowery

    Richmond VA

  6. Jim Lowery says:

    And, to answer Pastor Joos' request, there are several scanned pages of hymnal settings with four tunes at…. The only tune familiar to me is "Christmas" (Handel) to which we sing "While shepherds watched their flocks by night."

    Jim L.

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