Wake, Arise! The Call Obeying
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,
Translation by Arthur T. Russell
Inspired by the Parable of the Ten Virgins:
Matthew 25: 1-13
Includes notes and a listing of some of the many hymns and carols inspired by this Parable.
Music: Not Stated
Source: Hymns for Public Worship and Private
Devotion for the Benefit of the London German Hospital, Dalston. (London: J.
Hatchard and Son, 1848), No. 110. This hymnal is referred to by Dr. Julian as
the "Dalston Hospital Hymn Book."
Also found in W. F. Hook, A Collection of Anthems Used in the Parish Church of Leeds. Fourth Edition. (Leeds: Joseph Johnson, 1859), #226, pp.122-123.
1. Wake, arise ! the call obeying,
Behold the LORD His Hosts arraying !
Lift up thyself Jerusalem!
Heavenís high Host the LORD attendeth,
Their midnight call to earth descendeth ;
Ye virgins rise, your LORD proclaim.
The Bridegroom comes, awake !
Go forth your lamps to take,
Your hearts prepare for this great day,
Go ! meet Him on His joyous way!
2. Zion hears the watchman singing:
Her inmost heart with joy is springing ;
She wakes, and swift pursues her way.
Lo ! He comes, the LORD all glorious,
In might of grace, in truth victorious,
Now beams her star, now dawns her day.
Our King ! O hasten on,
Load Jesu, Godís own Son.
Hail ! Hosanna!
We follow Thee to joy above,
To share, O LORD, Thy feast of love.
3. Glory, praise to Thee be given
By sons of men, by Hosts of Heaven,
With harps and cymbalsí joyful sound !
Where on high Thy City beaming
Unfolds its pearly gates all gleaming,
With Angels we Thy throne surround,
Nor eye nor ear hath known
The joys around Thy throne,
For this our songs for evermore
Shall Thee, O LORD, with praise adore.
Sheet Music "Wachet auf" from Dr. F. Layriz, Kern des Deutschen Kirchengesangs (Nordlingen, 1850), #114, p. 59.
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