Hark! The Clear Voice

Hark! the clear voice, whose thrilling tone

Author (attributed to): St. Ambrose
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1 Hark! the clear voice, whose thrilling tone
Doth rend the gloom, and rout:
Be gone, vain dreams, far hence be gone;
From Heav’n the Christ shines out.

2 Rise now the sluggard mind, outworn
And soiled and sore that lay:
Now beams the star, the star new-born,
To chase all plagues away.

3 The Lamb is sent us from above,
To loosen all our debt;
Then sing we all of Christ’s great love
Through tears our tones that wet.

4 That when He next shines glorious,
While glooms the world deface,
Not for sins He punish us,
But with His love embrace.

5 Praise, honor, might and glory meet
To God the Sire and Son,
And to the Holy Paraclete,
While endless ages run.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #14152

Author (attributed to): St. Ambrose

Ambrose (b. Treves, Germany, 340; d. Milan, Italy, 397), one of the great Latin church fathers, is remembered best for his preaching, his struggle against the Arian heresy, and his introduction of metrical and antiphonal singing into the Western church. Ambrose was trained in legal studies and distinguished himself in a civic career, becoming a consul in Northern Italy. When the bishop of Milan, an Arian, died in 374, the people demanded that Ambrose, who was not ordained or even baptized, become the bishop. He was promptly baptized and ordained, and he remained bishop of Milan until his death. Ambrose successfully resisted the Arian heresy and the attempts of the Roman emperors to dominate the church. His most famous convert and disciple w… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Hark! the clear voice, whose thrilling tone
Title: Hark! The Clear Voice
Latin Title: Vox Clara Ecce Intonat
Author (attributed to): St. Ambrose
Source: Tr.: The Church and Hymn Tune Book by William Blew and Henry J. Gauntlett (London: Francis & John Rivington, 1852)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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