108. Hark, a Herald Voice Is Sounding

1 Hark, a herald voice is sounding:
"Christ is nigh," it seems to say.
"Cast away the dreams of darkness,
O ye children of the day!"

2 Wakened by the solemn warning,
let the earth-bound soul arise;
Christ, our sun, all sloth dispelling,
shines upon the morning skies.

3 Lo, the Lamb, so long expected,
comes with pardon down from heaven;
let us all, with deep repentance,
pray that we may be forgiven,

4 that when next he comes with glory,
and the world is wrapped in fear,
with his mercy he may shield us,
and with words of love draw near.

5 Honour, glory, might, and blessing
to the Father and the Son,
with the everlasting Spirit,
while eternal ages run.

Text Information
First Line: Hark, a herald voice is sounding
Title: Hark, a Herald Voice Is Sounding
Latin Title: Vox clare
Translator: Edward Caswall (1814-1878)
Publication Date: 1998
Meter: 87 87
Scripture: Psalm 81; Isaiah 40:1-11; Isaiah 52:7-10; Malachi 4:1-6; Matthew 3:1-12; Mark 1:1-8; Luke 3:1-18; John 1:19-28; Romans 13:8-14; 1 Corinthians 15:12-28; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Revelation 1:12-20
Topic: Advent; John, the Baptist; Repentance
Source: Latin (10th cent.)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: William Henry Monk (1823-1889)
Composer (descant): Alan Gray (1855-1935)
Meter: 87 87
Copyright: Descant © Cambridge University Press

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