#265 Arise, O God, and Shine

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1. Arise, O God, and shine
In all thy saving might,
And prosper each design
To spread thy glorious light;
Let healing streams of mercy flow,
That all the earth thy truth may know.

2. Bring distant nations near
To sing thy glorious praise;
Let ev’ry people hear
And learn thy holy ways.
Reign, mighty God, assert thy cause,
And govern by thy righteous laws.

3. Put forth thy glorious pow’r,
That Gentiles all may see,
And earth present her store
In converts born to thee.
O Lord, our God, thy Church so bless,
And fill the world with righteousness.

4. To God, the only wise,
The one immortal King,
Let hallelujahs rise
From ev’ry living thing;
Let all that breathe, on ev’ry coast,
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Text: William Hurn, 1754-1829
Music: John Darwall, 1731-1789

-History: (Source: Wikipedia)

Written By: William Hurn

Music By: John Darwall

John Darwall (1731–1789) was an English clergyman and hymnodist.

Born in the village of Haugh­ton in Staffordshire, Darwall was educated at Manchester Grammar School, and Brasenose College, Oxford (which he entered at the age of 14), grad­u­at­ing in 1756. He then became curate and later vicar of St Matthew’s Parish in Walsall.[1] In 1766 he married to Mary Whateley (1738–1825), his second wife, a published poet who ran a printing press and also wrote hymns.[2] He died on 18 De­cem­ber 1789 at Walsall in the West Mid­lands, and was buried at the Bath Street Bur­i­al Grounds.[3]

He is probably best known for his setting of Psalm 148, known as “Darwall’s 148th”, which is most often sung to the words “Rejoice the Lord is King” (from Charles Wesley‘s Mor­al and Sac­red Po­ems of 1744) or “Ye holy angels bright” (from Richard Baxter‘s Po­et­ic­al Frag­ments of 1681). It was first sung at the inauguration of a new organ in 1773.[4][5]

Darwall also wrote many of the tunes for the New Version of Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady, as well as poetry published in The Gentleman’s Magazine.