113. Hark! an awful voice is sounding

1 Hark! an awful voice is sounding:
"Christ is nigh!" it seems to say;
"Cast away the works of darkness,
O ye children of the day!"

2 Startled at the solemn warning,
Let the earth-bound soul arise;
Christ, her Sun, all sloth dispelling,
Shines upon the morning skies.

3 Lo, the Lamb, so long expected,
Comes with pardon down from heaven,
Let us haste, with tears of sorrow,
One and all, to be forgiven;

4 So, when next He comes with glory,
Wrapping all the earth in fear,
With His mercy He may shield us,
And with words of love draw near.

5 Honor, glory, virtue, merit,
To the Father and the Son,
With the everlasting Spirit,
While eternal ages run.

Text Information
First Line: Hark! an awful voice is sounding
Latin Title: En clara vox redarguit
Translator: Edward Caswall (1848, a.)
Publication Date: 1868
Meter: 8, 7.
Topic: Advent; Advent, First Sunday
Language: English
Notes: Alternate tune #125
Tune Information
Meter: 8, 7.
Key: E♭ Major
Notes: Source from index; "Gnadauer Chor. B." 1735. Har. W. H. Monk

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