1 Arise, the kingdom is at hand,
The King is drawing nigh;
Arise with joy, thou faithful band,
To meet the Lord most high!
Look up, ye souls weighed down with care,
The Sovereign is not far;
Look up, faint hearts, from your despair,
Behold the Morning Star!
2 Look up, ye drooping hearts, today,
The King is very near;
O cast your griefs and fears away,
For lo, your help is here!
Hope on, ye broken hearts, at last
The King comes in His might;
He loved us in the ages past,
When we lay wrapped in night.
3 O rich the gifts Thou bringest us,
Thyself made poor and weak;
O love beyond compare that thus
Can foes and sinners seek!
For this we raise a gladsome voice
On high to Thee alone,
And evermore with thanks rejoice
Before Thy glorious throne.
Auf, auf, ihr Reichsgenossen. Johann Rist. [Advent.] First published in his Sabbatische Seelenlust, Lüneburg, 1651, p. 4, in 12 stanzas of 8 lines, entitled, “On the Gospel of the First Sunday in Advent, which is written by the Holy Evangelist Matthew in his Gospel at the 21st Chapter." Included as No. 16 in the Leipzig Vorrath, 1673, and recently as No. 1 in the Unverfälschter Liedersegen, 1851.
Translations in common use:—
1. Arise, the Kingdom is at hand. A translation of stanzas i.-iii., ix., xii. by Miss Winkworth in the 2nd series, 1858, of her Lyra Gemanica, p. 4, and repeated as No. 22 in her Chorale Book for England, 1863. Included in full as No. 438, in J. L. Porter's Collection, 1876. The translation of 11. 1-4 of stanzas i.-iii., xii. were included as No. 66 in Boardman's Collection, Philadelphia, 1861, and an adaptation in 7 stanzas of C M., as No. 115 in the Pennsylvanian Lutheran Church Book, 1868. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)