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Awake my soul, attune the early lyre (A Second Christmas Hymn)
Elizabeth Scott was born in Norwich, England in 1707, the daughter of an Independent minister. In 1751 she married the Rev. Elisha Williams and moved with him to New Haven, Connecticut, where he was Rector of Yale College. Following his death she married the Hon. William Smith, a New York judge. Her carol, "Awake my soul, attune the early lyre (A second Christmas hymn)," was widely sung on in early nineteenth-century England and is listed in William Hone's list of "Christmas Carols now annually Printed." This version with music by Samuel Webbe was published by J. Bland of No. 45 Holborn, London, who was in business between 1778 and 1795. The alternative title, "A Second Christmas Hymn," probably came from the position of the words on the original broadside.

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