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The midnight cry

Slumber not, slumber not

Author: Fanny J. Crosby
Tune: [Slumber not, slumber not]
Published in 2 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Slumber not, slumber not, for the time flies apace,—
The time for the Bridegroom is near;
Let us watch, let us wait, with a firm, trusting heart,
Be ready the summons to hear.
O provide for our lamps, let our vessels be filled
With grace he will freely supply;
Then, with rapture complete, our beloved we shall meet,
When midnight shall echo the cry.

Slumber not, slumber not, for the time flies apace,—
The time for the Bridegroom is near;
Let us watch, let us wait with a firm, trusting heart,
Be ready the summons to hear.

2 Slumber not, slumber not, tho' he tarry awhile,
Not long will he linger away;
He has left his commands to the faithful and wise,
Then let us in meekness obey.
Yes, the Bridegroom will come to his long-waiting bride,
And wipe every tear from her eye;
“Go ye forth” may we hear, and with joy, not with fear,
When midnight shall echo the cry. [Refrain]

3 Slumber not, slumber not, for the moments are brief;
O think of their anguish of heart
Who will come, but too late, to the door of the feast,
And hear from the Bridegroom, “depart”
Let our lamps be well-filled and their lustre be seen
When he to the marriage draws nigh,
Then our souls will rejoice at the sound of his voice,
When midnight shall echo the cry. [Refrain]

Source: The Ark of Praise #52

Author: Fanny J. Crosby

Pseudonymns: A.V., Mrs. A. E. Andrews, Mrs. E. A. Andrews, Mrs. E. L. Andrews, James L. Black, Henrietta E. Blair, Charles Bruce, Robert Bruce, Leah Carlton, Eleanor Craddock, Lyman G. Cuyler, D.H.W., Ella Dare, Ellen Dare, Mrs. Ellen Douglass, Lizzie Edwards. Miss Grace Elliot, Grace J. Frances, Victoria Frances, Jennie Garnett, Frank Gould, H. D. K., Frances Hope, Annie L. James, Martha J. Lankton [Langton], Grace Lindsey, Maud Marion, Sallie Martin, Wilson Meade, Alice Monteith, Martha C. Oliver, Mrs. N. D. Plume, Kate Smiley, Sallie Smith, J. L. Sterling, John Sterling, Julia Sterling, Anna C. Storey, Victoria Stuart, Ida Scott Taylor, Mary R. Tilden, Mrs. J. B. Thresher, Hope Tryaway, Grace Tureman, Carrie M. Wilson, W.H.D. Frances… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Slumber not, slumber not
Title: The midnight cry
Author: Fanny J. Crosby
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #10398
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The Cyber Hymnal #10398

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