Arise, Arise, the Lord arose On this triumphant day, the Lord arose On this triumphant day; Arise, Arise! Your souls to piety dispose, Arise to bless and pray. Arise, Arise, Arise! Ev'n rustics do adorn them now, Themselves in roses dress; And to the clergyman they bow, When he begins to bless. Their best apparel now arrays The little girls and boys; And better than the preacher prays For heav'ns eternal joys.
Hymns for the Amusement of Children
Song Cycle by Conrad Susa (b. 1935)
1. For Sunday  [sung text not yet checked]
2. At dressing in the morning  [sung text not yet checked]
Now I arise, empow'r'd by Thee, The glorious Sun to face; O clothe me with humility, Adorn me with thy grace. All evil of the day fore-send, Prevent the tempter's snare; Thine angel on my steps attend, And give me fruit to pray'r. O make me useful as I go My pilgrimage along; And sweetly soothe this vale of woe, By charity and song. Let me from Christ obedience learn, To Christ obedience pay; Each parent duteous love return, And consecrate the day.
3. Against despair (Old Ralph in the wood)  [sung text not yet checked]
A raven once an Acorn took From Bashan's tallest stoutest tree; He hid it by a limpid brook, And liv'd another oak to see. Thus Melancholy buries Hope, Which Providence still keeps alive, And bids us with afflictions cope, And all anxiety survive.
4. For Saturday  [sung text not yet checked]
Now's the time for mirth and play, Saturday's an holiday; Praise to heav'n unceasing yield, I've found a lark's nest in the field. A lark's nest, then your playmate begs You'd spare herself and speckled eggs; Soon she shall ascend and sing Your praises to th'eternal King.
5. At undressing in the evening  [sung text not yet checked]
These cloaths, of which I now divest Myself, ALL SEEING EYE, Must be one day, that day be blest Relinquish'd and laid by. Thou cordial sleep, to death akin, I court thee on my knee; O let me exit, free from sin, Be little more than Thee. But if much agonizing pain My dying hour await, The Lord be with me to sustain, To help and to abate. O let me meet Thee undeterr'd By no foul stains defil'd! According to thy holy word, Receive me as a Child.
6. The conclusion of the matter  [sung text not yet checked]
Fear God, obey His just decrees, And do it hand, and heart, and knees; For after all our utmost care There's nought like penitence and pray'r. Then weigh the balance in your mind, Look foward, not one glance behind; Let no foul fiend retard your pace, Hosanah! Thou hast won the race.