The Bridegroom Soon Will Call Us

The Bridegroom soon will call us, Shake off your drowsy sleep

Author: Johann Walter (abr. )
Tune: ACH GOTT VOM HIMMELREICHE
Published in 1 hymnal

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1 The Bridegroom soon will call us;
Shake off your drowsy sleep!
Lest carelessness befall us,
A watchful vigil keep!
May all our lamps be burning
With oil enough and more
That we, with him returning,
May find an open door!

2 There shall we see in glory
Our dear Redeemer's face;
The long-awaited story
Of heav'nly joy takes place:
The patriarchs shall meet us,
The prophets' holy band;
Apostles, martyrs greet us
In that celestial land.

3 There God shall from all evil
Forever make us free,
From sin and from the devil,
From all adversity,
From sickness, pain, and sadness,
From troubles, cares, and fears,
And grant us heav'nly gladness
And wipe away our tears.

4 In that fair home shall never
Be silent music's voice;
With hearts and lips forever
We shall in God rejoice,
While angel hosts are raising
With saints from great to least
A mighty hymn for praising
The giver of the feast.

Source: Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #10

Author: Johann Walter

Johann Walther (b. Kahla, Thuringia, Germany, 1496: d. Torgau, Germany, 1570) was one of the great early influences in Lutheran church music. At first he seemed destined to be primarily a court musician. A singer in the choir of the Elector of Saxony in the Torgau court in 1521, he became the court's music director in 1525. After the court orchestra was disbanded in 1530 and reconstituted by the town, Walther became cantor at the local school in 1534 and directed the music in several churches. He served the Elector of Saxony at the Dresden court from 1548 to 1554 and then retired in Torgau. Walther met Martin Luther in 1525 and lived with him for three weeks to help in the preparation of Luther's German Mass. In 1524 Walther published the… Go to person page >

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First Line: The Bridegroom soon will call us, Shake off your drowsy sleep
Title: The Bridegroom Soon Will Call Us
Author: Johann Walter (abr. )
Meter: 7.6.7.6 D
Source: Translation composite, 1989
Publication Date: 1993
Copyright: Public Domain

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