The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hark! An Awful Voice Is Sounding

Words:  Father Edward Caswall, Birmingham Oratory, 1848.

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.

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

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