Scripture Verse

It is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. Romans 13:11

Introduction

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Ambrose of Milan
(340–397)

Words: At­trib­ut­ed to Am­brose of Mi­lan (340–397) (Vox Cla­ra Ec­ce In­to­nat). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish in The Church Hymn and Tune Book, by Will­iam J. Blew & Hen­ry J. Gaunt­lett (Lon­don: Fran­cis & John Riv­ing­ton, 1852), Ad­vent sec­tion, num­ber 9.

Music: St. Va­le­ri­us The Church Hymn and Tune Book, 1852 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Henry J. Gauntlett
(1805–1876)
© National Portrait Gallery

Lyrics

Hark! the clear voice, whose thrilling tone
Doth rend the gloom, and rout:
Be gone, vain dreams, far hence be gone;
From Heav’n the Christ shines out.

Rise now the sluggard mind, outworn
And soiled and sore that lay:
Now beams the star, the star new-born,
To chase all plagues away.

The Lamb is sent us from above,
To loosen all our debt;
Then sing we all of Christ’s great love
Through tears our tones that wet.

That when He next shines glorious,
While glooms the world deface,
Not for sins He punish us,
But with His love embrace.

Praise, honor, might and glory meet
To God the Sire and Son,
And to the Holy Paraclete,
While endless ages run.