256. Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers

1 Rejoice, rejoice, believers,
and let your lights appear;
the evening is advancing,
And darker night is near.
The bridegroom is arising
and soon is drawing nigh.
Up, pray and watch and wrestle;
at midnight comes the cry.

2 The watchers on the mountain
proclaim the bridegroom near;
go forth as he approaches
with alleluias clear.
The marriage feast is waiting;
The gates wide open stand.
Arise, O heirs of glory;
The bridegroom is at hand.

3 Our hope and expectation,
O Jesus, now appear;
arise, O Sun so longed for,
o'er this benighted sphere.
With hearts and hands uplifted
we look, O Lord, to you
for all the earth's redemption,
creation made anew.

Text Information
First Line: Rejoice, rejoice believers
Title: Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers
Author: Laurentius Laurenti (1700)
Translator: Sarah Borthwick Findlater (1854, alt.)
Publication Date: 1995
Meter: Iambic
Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13; Revelation 19:1-9
Topic: Christian year--Advent; Christian year--Return of Christ
Tune Information
Composer: Johann A. Freylinghausen (1710)
Meter: Iambic
Key: F Major or modal
Source: C. Gregor Choralbuch (1784)
Notes: 151 I in 1891 Offices of Worship and Hymns

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