rise and shine

to get out of bed and start the day
—Early in the morning on the first day of school, my mother turned on the lights and woke me with a cheerful, “Rise and shine!”

In telling the Israelites about the future time when God would show his glory, the prophet Isaiah called on the people to

“Arise! Shine! [Arise, shine] For your light arrives!

The splendor of the Lord shines on you!

For, look, darkness covers the earth

and deep darkness covers the nations,

but the Lord shines on you;

his splendor appears over you. (Isaiah 60:1,2)

Within 50 years after the printing of the King James Bible, William Erbery, a priest in the Church of England, wrote about Isaiah 60:1, using the phrase we have today, rise and shine.

In the early 1900s, rise and shine became a wake-up call in the US military, leading to its common use today. Some believe that shine for the soldiers refers to their polishing their boots.

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