Words: Christoph Werner (1676)
Translated by Beatrice E. Bulman
Music: J. S. Bach (1736)
Source: Carol 1, The Oxford Easy Anthem Book (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1957)
1. Dearest Lord Jesu, oh why dost Thou tarry?
Come now for I am of waiting so weary,
Come now and comfort my heart in despair;
Take me from misery, sorrow and care.
Come now, Lord Jesu,
Oh why dost Thou tarry? oh why dost Thou tarry?
Come now for I am of waiting so weary, so weary.
2. Deck Thee, oh deck thee, meet garment prepare Thee
Keep thy lamp burning, and oil ever near three,
Ready, oh faithful one, fit for the Feast
At midnight call for thee, oh wedding guest. Chorus
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