Hark, A Joyful Voice is Thrilling

For Advent

Words: En, clara vox redarguit

Translation:  John Henry, Cardinal Newman, 1834-1842.

Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), pp. 20-21.

Hark, a joyful voice is thrilling, 
	And each dim and winding way 
Of the ancient temple filling ; 
	Dreams depart, for it is day. 

Christ is coming  from thy bed, 
	Earth-bound soul, awake and spring  
With the sun new-risen to shed 
	Health on human suffering. 

Lo, to grant a pardon free, 
	Comes a willing Lamb from heaven ; 
Sad and tearful, hasten we, 
	One and all, to be forgiven. 

Once again he comes in light 
	Girding earth with fear and woe ; 
Lord, be thou our loving might, 
	From our guilt and ghostly foe. 

To the Father and the Son 
	And the Spirit, who in heaven 
Ever witness, Three and One, 
	Praise on earth be ever given. 

Note from Shipley:

Vox clara ecce intonat. Original of En, clara vox redarguit. Amkrosian Lauds Hymn from the Salisbury Breviary.

 

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