The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Put On Thy Beautiful Robes, Bride Of Christ

Title: "The Expectant Bride"

For Second Advent, Easter

Words: William Chatterton Dix

Music: Not Stated

Source: Orby Shipley, ed., Lyra Messianica: Hymns and Verses On The Life of Christ, Ancient and Modern (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1864), # 260, pp. 309-310.

1. Put on thy beautiful robes, Bride of Christ,
    For the King shall embrace Thee to-day.
Break forth into singing, the morning has dawned,
    And the shadows of night are away.

2. Shake off the dust from thy feet, Bride of Christ,
    For the Conqueror, girded with might.
Has vanquished the Foe, the Dragon cast down.
    And the cohorts of Hell put to flight.

3. Thou art the Bride of His Love, His Elect
    Dry thy tears, for thy sorrows are past ;
Lone were the hours when thy Lord was away.
    But He comes with the morning at last.

4. The winds bear the noise of His chariot-wheels.
    And the thunders of victory roar ;
Lift up thy beautiful gates, Bride of Christ,
    For the Grave has dominion no more.

5. Once they arrayed Him with scorning ; but see,
    His Apparel is glorious now :
In His Hand are the Keys of Death and of Hell
    And the Diadem gleams on His Brow.

6. Hark ! 'tis her voice : Alleluia she sings
    Alleluia, the captives are free ;
Unfolded the gates of Paradise stand,
    And unfolded for ever shall be.

7. Choir answers Choir, where the Song has no end
    All the Saints raise Hosannahs on high ;
Deep calls to deep in the ocean of Love, ;
    As the Bride lifts her jubilant cry !


Also found in G. S. Jellico, ed., Songs of the Church. (London: Novello & Co., 1867), #108, pp. 105-106.

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