Awake and Arise

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  • Poet: Theodore E. Curtis (1872–1957)
  • Copyright: public domain
    • It had been supposed to have been copyrighted in 1984 IRI—but, I found a public domain version in an old book of poems by the lyricist[1]. However, there are a few changes in that 1984 edition, but they're not entirely severe. Perhaps they could be copyrighted. To be on the safe side, you might want to treat only the version from the public domain book as public domain. Note that the public domain version has another verse. Veramet 01:07, 14 August 2010 (MDT)

Lyrics from Sunbeams of Truth, Volume 1, 1916 (p. 12)

1. Awake and arise! oh, ye slumbering nations!
The heavens fling open their portals again;
The last and the greatest of all dispensations
Has burst like a dawn o’er the children of men.

2. The dream of the poet, the crown of the ages,
Of which all the far-seeing prophets once spake—
That glorious day, only dreamed by the sages,
Is yours, oh, ye slumbering natinos awake!

3. Lo, Israel, from his long slumber, is waking;
The stars and the moon and the darkness are gone;
And, on the high towers of our Zion, is breaking
The gold of the promised millennial dawn.

4. Then lift up your voices in song and in story,
And let the war flags of all nations be furled;
For truth, heaven-born, in its beauty and glory,
Is marching triumphantly over the world.

External Lyrics

  • Lyrics from (same as from the 1985 LDS hymnal)
    • It is debatable whether this version contains significant enough changes to be copyrighted still. It may have been supposed not to have been published before when the contest it won declared it a winner[2], seeing as the public domain source is rather obscure.