The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Bride of the Lamb, Awake, Awake

For Advent

Words: Edward Denny, in Hymns for the Poor of the Flock, 1837.

Appears to be inspired by the Parable of the Ten Virgins: Matthew 25: 1-13
Includes notes and a listing of some of the many hymns and carols inspired by this Parable.

Music: "St. Agnes," John B. Dykes, in Hymnal for Use in the English Church, by John Grey, 1866
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1. Bride of the Lamb, awake, awake!
Why sleep for sorrow now?
The hope of glory, Christ, is thine,
A child of glory thou.

2. Thy spirit, through the lonely night,
From earthly joy apart,
Hath sighed for One that’s far away—
The Bridegroom of thy heart.

3. But see! the night is waning fast,
The breaking morn is near;
And Jesus comes, with voice of love,
Thy drooping heart to cheer.

4. He comes—for oh, His yearning heart
No more can bear delay—
To scenes of full unmingled joy
To call His bride away.

5. Then weep no more; ’tis all thine own
His crown, His joy divine;
And, sweeter far than all beside,
He, He Himself is thine!

Compare: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme and its translations.

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