Hymn #89: Awake, Awake to Love and Work

Geoffrey A. Studdert-Kennedy (1883-1929) wrote these words as the last three stanzas of a poem, “At a Harvest Festival.” It appeared in his book The Sorrows of God and Other Poems published in 1921. In addition to his poetry, Studdert-Kennedy was known for his original and eloquent preaching.

Geoffrey A. Studdert-Kennedy was a famed British chaplain in World War I, known to thousands of soldiers as “Woodbine Willie.” He was later appointed chaplain to the king of England and was a well-known preacher in both that country and the United States.

Geoffrey A. Studdert-Kennedy was a famed British chaplain in World War I, known to thousands of soldiers as “Woodbine Willie.” He was later appointed chaplain to the king of England and was a well-known preacher in both that country and the United States.

Kentucky Harmony (1816) was a hymnal developed for Presbyterian churches in that state. It used notes of various shapes to help beginning musicians distinguish one tone of the scale from another. This hymnal was edited and published by Ananias Davisson, a singing master in Harrisonburg, Virginia.