The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hark! A Mystic Voice Is Sounding

For Advent

Words: "En clara vox"
(
"Vox clara ecce intonat")
Translation by Rev.
Edward Caswall (1814-1878), 1849, alt.

Compare: Hark! A Gladsome Voice Is Thrilling
Hark, A Thrilling Voice is Sounding

Lo! Now A Thrilling Voice Sounds Forth

Music: Nicola A. Montani (see below)

Source: Nicola A. Montani, ed., The St. Gregory Hymnal And Catholic Choir Book. Philadelphia: St. Gregory Guild, 1940, #1, p. 1.

1. Hark! a mystic voice is sounding,
"Christ is nigh," it seems to say,
"Cast away the dreams of darkness,
O ye children of the day."
Started at the solemn warning,
Let the earth-bound soul arise;
Christ, her Sun, all sloth dispelling,
Shines upon the morning skies.

2. Lo! the Lamb so long expected,
Comes with pardon down from Heav'n,
Let us haste, with tears of sorrow,
One and all to be forgiv'n.
So when next He comes with glory,
Wrapping all the earth in fear,
May He then as our Defender,
On the clouds of Heav'n appear.

Sheet Music from Nicola A. Montani, ed., The St. Gregory Hymnal And Catholic Choir Book. Philadelphia: St. Gregory Guild, 1940, #1, p. 1.

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