Wake, arise, the voice is calling

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1 "Wake, arise!" the voice is calling;
The watchman's voice on quick ear falling,
"Jerusalem, awake, arise!
For the midnight hour is fleeting;"
So with clear voice, they stand repeating:
"O where are ye, ye virgins wise;
The bridegroom is at hand,
Take up your lamps and stand!
Each wedding guest
Fit for the feast,
Arise, go forth to meet your Lord."

2 Zion hears the watchman's singing,
And now with joyous heart upspringing,
She stands and on the call attends.
Her Friend comes from heaven glorious,
Strong in His grace, in truth victorious;
Her light shines bright, her star ascends.
"Now come, thou Blessed One,
Lord Jesus, God's own Son."
We enter all
The banquet hall,
And feast there with our heavenly King.

3 "Glory unto Thee be given,
By men and by the host of heaven,
With harps and with the cymbals' tone.
Twelve pearls are Thy city's portals,
Wherein we dwell with the immortals,
With angels high around Thy throne.
No eye hath seen such sight,
No ear heard such delight,
Thine hour is this,
O Heavenly Bliss,
Thine now, and shall be evermore!"

Source: Evangelical Lutheran hymnal: with music #462

Author: Philipp Nicolai

Nicolai, Philipp, D.D., son of Dieterich Nicolai, sometime Lutheran pastor at Herdecke, in Westphalia, and after 1552, at Mengeringhausen in Waldeck, was born at Mengeringhausen, August 10, 1556. (The father was son of Nicolaus Rafflenbol, of Rafflenbol, near Hagen, in Westphalia, and in later life had adopted the Latinised form Nicolai of his father's Christian name as his own surname.) In 1575 Nicolai entered the University of Erfurt, and in 1576 he went to Wittenberg. After completing his University course in 1579 (D.D. at Wittenberg July 4, 1594), he lived for some time at Volkliardinghausen, near Mengeringhausen, and frequently preached for his father. In August, 1583, he was appointed Lutheran preacher at Herdecke, but found many diff… Go to person page >

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First Line: Wake, arise, the voice is calling
Author: Philipp Nicolai



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