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“Arise my soul arise” is one of those songs that came together very quickly. I was just playing my guitar and flicking through a song book when the title of this Charles Wesley hymn grabbed me. The reason the title grabbed me is that I love the word arise.  It is such a positive and hope inspiring word.  I love to sing about the theme of rising up as that is what God’s grace enables us to do.  Given my own imperfections it is something I have had plenty of opportunity to do myself.  No matter what we have done or what has been done to us, we can arise because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross.

Because I don’t read music I have to hear a melody first and then I can attempt to reproduce it.  Not having heard the hymn before I could not play it but as I moved from the song’s title to the lyrics penned by Wesley all those years ago I thought “these are great words”.   I began to fit the words of the hymn to a chord sequence that I had been playing around with and the song evolved from there.

Taking Wesley’s words for the verses and adding a chorus I produced this new arrangement of a great hymn.

I have never heard the original version of the hymn but it is my hope that this arrangement brings a new spark to eternal truth, stirring up an “arising” in the souls of others.

Matt Holloway


Verse 1

Arise my soul arise, shake of your guilty fears
The bleeding sacrifice on your behalf appears
He ever lives above for me intercede
His all redeeming love, His precious blood to plead

Pre Chorus

His blood atoned for all our race
And sprinkles now the throne of grace


Arise my soul my soul arise
Your hope is strong and true, through His perfect sacrifice
Let not the past endure, your future’s safe and sure
Because of God’s unfailing love

Verse 2

Five bleeding wounds He bears, received on Calvary
They pour effective prayers they strongly plead for me
My God is reconciled His pardoning voice I hear
He owns me for His child I will no longer fear

Pre Chorus

With confidence I now draw nigh
And Father, Abba Father cry

Words & Music by Matt Holloway © 2007

This song is copyright only in that it cannot be copied for commercial purposes. However, it would bless the writer greatly to see it copied and distributed freely for personal or corporate usage to anyone who is spiritually hungry or thirsty.

Matt Holloway Claire Holloway Ian Crick Gaz Crossley Alan Mills
Matt Holloway Claire Holloway Ian Crick Gaz Crossley Alan Mills
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