Wake, Spirit, who in times now olden
1 Wake, Spirit, who in times now olden
Didst fire the watchmen of the church’s youth
And ‘gainst their every foe embolden
To witness day and night the eternal truth
Whose voices through the world are ringing still
And bringing hosts to know and do Thy will.
2 Soon may that fire from heaven be lent us
That swift from land to land its flame may leap!
Soon, Lord, that priceless boon be sent us,
Of faithful servants, fit for Thee to reap
The harvest of the soul, look down and view
How great the harvest, but the labourers few.
3 Lord, to our earnest prayer now hearken
The prayer we offer at Thy Son’s command
For, Lo! While storms around us darken
Thy children’s hearts are stirred in every land
To cry for help, with fervent soul, to Thee
O hear us, lord, and speak; Thus let it be.
4 O speedily that help be granted!
Send forth evangelists, in spirit strong
Armed with Thy word, a host undaunted
Bold to attack the rule of ancient wrong
And let them all the earth for Thee reclaim
To be Thy Kingdom and to know Thy Name!