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.
|First Line:||Hark! an awful voice is sounding|
|Latin Title:||En clara vox redarguit|
|Translator:||Edward Caswall (1848, a.)|
|Topic:||Advent; Advent, First Sunday|
|Notes:||Alternate tune #125|
|Notes:||Source from index; "Gnadauer Chor. B." 1735. Har. W. H. Monk|