The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Wake, Arise! The Voice Is Calling

For Advent

Words: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, Philipp Nicolai, 1598-9
Translation: Anonymous

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: #62 as given in "The Cantica Sacra"

Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal. 16th Edition. (Columbus Ohio: The Lutheran Book Concern, 1880), #462, pp. 412-413.

1 "Wake, arise!" the voice is calling;
The watchman's voice on quick ear falling,
     "Jerusalem, awake, arise!
For the midnight hour is fleeting;"
So, with clear voice, they stand repeating:
     "O where are ye, ye virgins wise;
          The bridegroom is at hand,
          Take up your lamps and stand!
          Each wedding guest
          Fit for the feast,
Arise, go forth to meet your Lord."

2 Zion hears the watchman's singing,
And now with joyous heart upspringing,
     She stands and on the call attends.
Her Friend comes from heaven glorious,
Strong in His grace, in truth victorious;
     Her light shines bright, her star ascends.
          "Now come, thou Blessed One,
          Lord Jesus, God's own Son."
          We enter all
          The banquet hall,
And feast there with our heavenly King.

3 "Glory unto Thee be given,
By men and by the host of heaven,
     With harps and with the cymbals' tone.
Twelve pearls are Thy city's portals,
Wherein we dwell with the immortals,
     With angels high around Thy throne.
          No eye hath seen such sight,
          No ear heard such delight,
          Thine hour is this,
          O Heavenly Bliss,
Thine now, and shall be evermore!"

Sheet Music to "O Quot Undis Laerimarum" by J. Mohr from Rev. Joseph Mohr, S.J., Cantiones Sacrae (Ratisbon, New York & Cincinnati: Frederick Pustet, 1878), #62, pp. 127-128.

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Sheet Music from the Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal, Ohio Synod (1908), #462, p.459.

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