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362. Rejoice! Rejoice, Believers

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1 Rejoice! Rejoice, believers,
and let your lights appear;
the evening is advancing
and darker night is near.
The Bridegroom is arising
and soon he will draw nigh.
Up, watch with expectation;
at midnight comes the cry.

2 See that your lamps are burning;
replenish them with oil;
look now for your salvation,
the end of sin and toil.
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, thou Sun so longed for,
above this shadowed sphere!
With hearts and hands uplifted,
we plead, O Lord, to see
the day of earth’s redemption,
and ever be with thee!

Text Information
First Line: Rejoice! Rejoice, believers
Title: Rejoice! Rejoice, Believers
Author: Laurentius Laurenti (1700)
Translator: Sarah Borthwick Findlater (1854)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13; Revelation 20; Revelation 21
Topic: Christ's Return and Judgment; Hope; Jesus Christ: Advent
Source: Alt. The Hymnal 1982
Language: English
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Key: g minor
Source: Welsh folk melody; Llwybrau Moliant, 1872; harm. The English Hymnal, 1906

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The Latin original of this text based on the parable of the wise and foolish maidens (Matthew 25:1–13) consisted of ten stanzas, but this briefer version is more appropriate for its message of urgency. It is set to a spirited minor Welsh tune named for a Pembrokeshire village.

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