317. Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying

1 "Wake, awake, for night is flying,"
the watchmen on the heights are crying;
"awake, Jerusalem, at last!"
Midnight hears the welcome voices,
and at the thrilling cry rejoices:
"Come forth, ye virgins, night is past!
The Bridegroom comes; awake,
your lamps with gladness take; alleluia!
And for his marriage feast prepare,
for you must go to meet him there."

2 Zion hears the watchmen singing,
and all her heart with joy is springing;
she wakes, she rises from her gloom:
for her Lord comes down all-glorious,
the strong in grace, in truth victorious;
her Star is ris'n, her Light is come!
Ah, come, thou blessed Lord,
O Jesus, Son of God, alleluia!
We follow till the halls we see
where thou hast bid us sup with thee.

3 Now let all the heav'ns adore thee,
and men and angels sing before thee,
with harps and cymbal's clearest tone;
of one pearl each shining portal,
where we are with the choir immortal
of angels round thy dazzling throne;
nor eye hath seen, nor ear
hath yet attained to hear what there is ours;
but we rejoice, and sing to thee
our hymn of joy eternally.

Text Information
First Line: Wake, awake, for night is flying
Title: Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying
Author: Philipp Nicolai (1599)
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1858, 1863)
Publication Date: 1990
Meter: 8.9.8.8.9.8.6.6.4.8.8.
Scripture: Matthew 25:6; 1 Corinthians 2:9
Topic: Watchfulness; Church: Bride of Christ; Jesus Christ: His Second Coming and Judgment
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: WACHET AUF
Composer: Philipp Nicolai (1591)
Arranger: Johann Sebastian Bach (1731)
Meter: 8.9.8.8.9.8.6.6.4.8.8.
Key: C Major



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