Divinity (Joseph Funk)

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  • (Posted 2023-05-14)  CPDL #73774:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2023-05-14).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 55 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Note heads converted to oval shapes. Transcribed from Harmonia Sacra, 1869. All six stanzas included.
  • (Posted 2023-05-13)  CPDL #73771:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2023-05-13).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 56 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Notes in four-shape format, as originally published in 1835. Transcribed from Harmonia Sacra, 1869. All six stanzas included.

General Information

Title: Divinity
First Line: Awake, awake the sacred song
Composer: Joseph Funk
Lyricist: Anne Steele
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TrATB
Genre: SacredPsalm-tune   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1835 in A Compilation of Genuine Church Music, Edition 2, p. 25
    2nd published: 1869 in Harmonia Sacra, Edition 13, p. 86
Description: Composed by Joseph Funk, 1835 for three voices and notes in four-shape format. An Alto part was added to his book {Harmonia Sacra) in or before the 1869 edition, by which time the book had been converted to Funk's seven-shape system. Words by Anne Steele, 1760, no. 43 on p. 85, with six stanzas. All six stanzas appear in 1832.

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Original text and translations

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1. Awake, awake the sacred song,
To our incarnate Lord:
Let every heart, and every tongue,
Adore the eternal word.

2. That awful word, that sovereign power,
By whom the worlds were made;
(O happy morn! illustrious hour!)
Was once in flesh arrayed.


3. Then shone almighty power and love,
In all their glorious forms,
When Jesus left his throne above,
To dwell with sinful worms.

4. To dwell with misery below,
The Saviour left the skies;
And sunk to wretchedness and woe,
That worthless man might rise.


5. Adoring angels tuned their songs
To hail the joyful day:
With rapture then, let mortal tongues
Their grateful worship pay!

6. What glory, Lord, to thee is due?
With wonder we adore;
But could we sing as angels do,
Our highest praise were poor.