131. 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, you maidens! Night is past.
The bridegroom comes! Awake;
your lamps with gladness take!"
Alleluia!
Prepare yourselves to meet the Lord,
whose light has stirred the waiting guard.

2 Zion hears the watchmen singing,
and in her heart new joy is springing.
She wakes, she rises from her gloom,
for her Lord comes down all-glorious,
and strong in grace, in truth victorious.
Her star is risen; her light is come.
O, come, you Blessed One,
Lord Jesus, God's own Son.
Sing hosanna!
We go until the halls we view
where you have bid us dine with you.

3 Now let all the heavens adore you,
and saints and angels sing before you.
The harps and cymbals all unite.
Of one pearl each shining portal,
where, dwelling with the choir immortal,
we gather round your dazzling light.
No eye has seen, no ear has yet been trained
to hear what joy is ours!
Crescendos rise; your halls resound;
hosannas blend in cosmic sound.

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, alt.)
Publication Date: 1990
Meter: Irregular
Scripture: Romans 13:11-12; 1 Corinthians 2:9; Isaiah 21:11; Isaiah 51:17; Isaiah 60:1; Matthew 25:1-13
Topic: Advent Season
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: WACHET AUF
Composer: Hans Sachs
Adapter: Philipp Nicolai (1599)
Harmonizer: J. S. Bach
Meter: Irregular
Key: C Major



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