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320. Rejoice, All Ye Believers

1 Rejoice, all ye 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 See that your lamps are burning;
replenish them with oil;
and wait for your salvation,
the end of earthly toil.
The watchers on the mountain
proclaim the Bridegroom near;
go meet him as he cometh,
with alleluias clear.

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, thou sun so longed for,
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.

Text Information
First Line: Rejoice, all ye believers
Title: Rejoice, All Ye Believers
Author: Laurentius Lurenti (1700)
Translator: Sarah B. Findlater (1854)
Publication Date: 1990
Scripture: Malachi 4:2; Matthew 25:6
Topic: Watchfulness; Christ: Bridegroom; Heaven: Redeemed in (1 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Henry Smart (1836; alt. 1990)
Key: C Major

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