The midnight cry

Ye virgin souls, arise

Author: Charles Wesley
Published in 110 hymnals

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1 Ye virgin souls, arise,
With all the dead awake,
Unto salvation wise,
Oil in your vessels take:
Upstarting at the midnight cry,
Behold your heavenly Bridegroom nigh.

2 He comes, he comes, to call
The nations to his bar,
And take to glory all
Who meet for glory are;
Make ready for your free reward,
Go forth with joy to meet your Lord--

3 Go meet him in the sky,
Your everlasting friend;
Your head to glorify,
With all his saints ascend.
Ye pure in heart, obtain the grace
To see, without a veil, his face.

4 Ye, that have here received
The unction from above,
And in his Spirit lived,
And thirsted for his love;
Jesus shall claim you for his bride;
Rejoice with all the sanctified.

5 Rejoice, in glorious hope,
Of that great day unknown,
When you shall be caught up
To stand before his throne;
Called to partake the marriage feast,
And lean on our Immanuel's breast.

6 The everlasting doors
Shall soon the saint, receive,
Above those angel powers
In glorious joy to live:
Far from a world of grief and sin,
With God eternally shut in.

7 Then let us wait to hear
The trumpet's welcome sound;
To see our Lord appear,
May we be watching found;
With that blessed wedding robe endued,--
The blood and righteousness of God.

The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

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First Line: Ye virgin souls, arise
Title: The midnight cry
Author: Charles Wesley
Source: Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1749
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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