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Advent 2009: “Mortals, Awake! with Angels Join,” Samuel Medley, John Rippon

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 10, 2009

Technically, this isn’t a Mormon Christmas hymn — Samuel Medley and John Rippon were both 18th century Englishmen. But this hymn has appeared in LDS hymnals (this scan is from the 1927 Psalmody), and Samuel Medley also wrote the words to “I Know that My Redeemer Lives.”

Click here to hear the music played by Phantom.

Mortals, awake! with angels join,
And chant the solemn lay;
Love, joy and gratitude combine,
To hail th’auspicious day.

In heav’n the rapt’rous song began,
And sweet seraphic fire
Thro’ all the shining legions ran,
And swept the sounding lyre.

The theme, the song, the joy was new
To each angelic tongue;
Swift thro’ the realms of light it flew,
And loud the echo rang.

Down thro’ the portals of the sky
The pealing anthems ran,
And angels flew with eager joy
To bear the news to man.

Hark! the cherubic armies shout,
And glory leads the song;
Peace and salvation swell the note
Of all the heav’nly throng.

With joy the chorus we’ll repeat –
“Glory to God on high;
Good-will and peace are now complete;
Jesus was born to die.”

Hail, Prince of Life, forever hail,
Redeemer, Brother, Friend!
Though earth and time and life should fail,
Thy praise shall never end.



  1. Thanks so much for having not only the words but music to this hymn. It was sung to Joseph Smith by carolers on his last Christmas. I am doing a short program for our Relief Society Christmas meeting and wanted to tell this story and sing the hymn. Now we can! Thanks again.

    Comment by Cheri Muir — November 14, 2009 @ 9:31 am

  2. Now *that* makes it worthwhile to have posted these songs, and to have done it early enough to be of use to your Relief Society! Thanks for letting me know of your intentions. If you think to do so, stop by after Christmas and let us hear how it went.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 14, 2009 @ 9:41 am

  3. I am also doing a special musical number for a Relief Society Christmas Meeting which is centered on Joseph Smith. I am glad to find the music for this song.

    Comment by Kathryn Hadfield — December 10, 2009 @ 3:16 pm

  4. Wonderful!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — December 10, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

  5. Oh Thank you! I am also doing a Christmas narrative on how the early members celebrated Christmas for our RS December Activity. Having the music will be wonderful.

    Comment by Robyn Garner — November 21, 2010 @ 8:24 am