72. 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 He draweth nigh;
Up, pray and watch and wrestle!
At midnight comes the cry.

2 The watchers on the mountain
Proclaim the Bridegroom near;
Go meet Him as He cometh,
With hallelujahs clear.
The marriage-feast is waiting,
The gates wide open stand;
Up, up, ye heirs of glory;
The Bridegroom is at hand!

3 Ye saints, who here in patience
Your cross and suff'rings bore,
Shall live and reign forever
When sorrow is no more.
Around the throne of glory
The Lamb ye shall behold;
In triumph cast before Him
Your diadems of gold!

4 Our Hope and Expectation,
O Jesus, now appear;
Arise, Desire of nations,
O'er this benighted sphere.
With hearts and hands uplifted,
We plead, O Lord, to see
The day of earth’s redemption,
That brings us unto Thee!

Amen.

Text Information
First Line: Rejoice, rejoice, believers
Title: Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers
German Title: Ermuntert euch, ihr Frommen
Translator: Sarah Findlater (1854, alt.)
Author: Laurentius Laurenti (1700, cento)
Publication Date: 1941
Meter: 7.6.7.6.D.
Scripture: Matthew 25:6
Topic: The Church Year: Advent
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: VALET WILL ICH DIR GEBEN
Composer: Melchior Teschner (1613)
Meter: 7.6.7.6.D.
Key: C Major



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