The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hark! A Voice of Warning, Hark!

Hymn XXX

Hymn for Advent (2.)

En clara vox redarguit

Source: Richard Mant, Ancient Hymns from the Roman Breviary (London: Rivingtons, 1871), pp. 67-68.

Hark! a voice of warning, hark! 
Sounds it through the nations dark. 
Hence, ye baseless visions, fly! 
Jesus lightens from on high.

From the ground, where sunk it lies, 
Let the torpid mind arise. 
Banishing all evil far, 
O'er us shines a new-born star.

Lo, the Lamb, before us set, 
Freely cancels all our debt: 
Lowly all with tears His face 
Seek we, and implore His grace.

So when He shines forth again, 
Striking dread in guilty men, 
He may from our sins forbear 
Vengeance, and in mercy spare.

Hymns of glory, notes of praise, 
Through eternal ages raise, 
To the Father, and the Son, 
And the Spirit, Three in One.

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