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City of God / Awake from Your Slumber (Schutte)

1 Awake from your slumber! Arise from your sleep! A new day is dawning for all those who weep. The people in darkness have seen a great light. The Lord of our longing has conquered the night. Chorus: Let us build the city of God. May our tears be turned into dancing! For the Lord, our light and our Love, has turned the night into day! 2 We are sons of the morning; we are daughters of day. The One who has loved us has brightened our way. The Lord of all kindness has called us to be a light for his people to set their hearts free. 3 (coda) God is light; in him there is no darkness. Let us walk in his light, his children one and all. O comfort my people make gentle your words, proclaim to my city the day of her birth. 4 O city of gladness, now lift up your voice! proclaim the good tidings that all may rejoice!
This hymn was written by American liturgical musician and composer, and at-the-time Roman Catholic priest, Daniel L (Dan) Schutte (b 1947).

Some of the lyrics (eg "conquered the night", "turned the night into day") make it particularly suitable for Easter, but in practise it is used throughout most of the year, not just at Easter-time.

The song was first published in 1981 by New Dawn Music. It has subsequently been included in compilations by various publishers including GIA (Gather Comprehensive, Oramos Cantando) and Kevin Mayhew Ltd (Hymns Old and New).

It is set to an unnamed tune, also by Schutte. This has a 6/4 time signature. In the key of E, the first few notes are G G AB B A_. The third verse has a different tune to the first two verses, functioning as a bridge.