Wake The Startling Watch-Cry Pealeth
Words: "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme"
Author: Philipp Nicolai (1556-1608)
Translation by Frances Elizabeth Cox, 1864
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.
Source: Frances Elizabeth Cox, Hymns from the German (London: Rivingtons, 1864), p. 27.
Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him.
St. Matthew 35:6.
1. Wake! the
startling watch-cry pealeth,
While the slumber deep each eyelid sealeth;
Awake! Jerusalem, Awake!
Midnight's solemn hour is tolling,
And cherub notes are onward rolling;
They call on us our part to take.
Come forth, ye virgins wise !
The Bridegroom comes, arise !
Each lamp be bright,
With ready light,
To grace the Marriage-Feast to-night!
2. Zion hears the
Voice that singeth;
With sudden joy her glad heart springeth:
At once she wakes, she stands arrayed:
See her Light, her Star ascending,
Lo ! girt with truth, with mercy blending,
Her Bridegroom there, so long delayed!
All hail, God's glorious son !
All hail, our Joy and Crown !
The joyful call
We answer all,
And follow to the Nuptial Hall.
3. Praise to Him
Who went before us !
Let men and angels join in chorus,
Let harp and cymbal add their sound !
Twelve the gates, a pearl each portal,
We haste to join the choir immortal,
Within the Holy City's bound.
Ear ne'er heard aught like this,
Nor heart conceived such bliss.
We raise the song,
We swell the throng,
To praise Thee ages all along.
See also: Wake! The Startling Watch-Cry Pealeth (From J. H. Hopkins, with music)
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