The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hark! An Awful Voice Is Sounding

For Advent

Words: En clara vox redarguit, Anonymous, 6th Century Latin
Translation by
Father Edward Caswall, Birmingham Oratory, 1848.

Music: Thomas Helmore and Thomas Morley, eds., Music of the Appendix to the Hymnal Noted. (Novello, Ewer & Co., No Date, ca. 1870), Tune #118
Meter: 8787

Source: St. Basil's Hymnal. New York: Benziger Brothers, 12th Edition.

1. Hark! an awful voice is sounding;
    "Christ is nigh!" it seems to say,
"Cast away the dreams of darkness,
    O ye children of the day!"

2. Startled at the solemn warning,
    Let the earth-bound soul arise,
Christ her Sun, all sloth expelling,
    Shines upon the morning skies.

3. Lo, the Lamb so long expected,
    Comes with pardon down from heaven
Let us haste with tears or sorrow,
    One and all to be forgiven.

4. So when next He comes with glory,
    Wrapping all the earth in fear,
May He then, as our defender,
    On the clouds of heaven appear.

5. Honour, glory, virtue, merit
    To the Father and the Son,
With the co-eternal Spirit,
    While eternal ages run.

Also found in John Mason Neale and Thomas Helmore, eds., The Hymnal Noted With Appendix, Revised and Greatly Enlarged, and Supplement. Tenth Edition. (London: J. Masters & Co., 1889), #118, p. 128, with the following differences:

Sheet Music from St. Basil's Hymnal. New York: Benziger Brothers, 12th Edition.

Sheet Music from Thomas Helmore and Thomas Morley, eds., Music of the Appendix to the Hymnal Noted. (Novello, Ewer & Co., No Date, ca. 1870), Tune #118.

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