Scripture Verse

Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is near. Matthew 3:2


Edward Caswall
National Portrait Gallery


Words: Un­known au­thor, 5th Cen­tu­ry (En cla­ra vox re­dar­gu­it). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Ed­ward Cas­wall, Ly­ra Ca­tho­li­ca (Lon­don: James Burns, 1849), pag­es 46–47.

Music: Mer­ton (Monk) Will­iam H. Monk, in The Par­ish Choir, 1850 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • O der All­es Neu­es geist­reich­es Ge­sang­buch (Hal­le, Ger­ma­ny: 1705) (🔊 pdf nwc)
William H. Monk


Hark! an awful voice is sounding;
Christ is nigh! it seems to say,
Cast away the dreams of darkness,
O ye children of the day!

Startled by the solemn warning
Let the earthbound soul arise;
Christ, her Sun, all sloth dispelling,
Shines upon the morning skies.

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 forgiven.

So, when next He comes in glory,
Wrapping all the world in fear,
May He then as our defender,
On the clouds of Heav’n appear.

Honor, glory, virtue, merit,
To the Father and the Son,
With the everlasting Spirit,
While eternal ages run.