Scripture Verse

Behold, the bridegroom cometh. Matthew 25:6

Introduction

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Johan O. Wallin
(1779–1839)

Words: 15th Cen­tu­ry Da­nish hymn, au­thor un­known (Fryd dig, du Kristi Brud). Ap­peared in a hym­nal by A. R. Gry­den­rup in 1632. Trans­lat­ed from Da­nish to Swe­dish by Jo­han O. Wall­in, 1819, and from Swe­dish to Eng­lish by Vic­tor O. Pe­ter­sen, 1899.

Music: Auf Mein­en Lieb­en Gott Ge­rman tune. Ap­peared in Schöne Kurz­weil­ige Teutsche Lied­er, by Ja­cob Reg­nart, 1574 (🔊 pdf nwc). Bar­tho­lo­mä­us Ge­si­us used this as a sac­red me­lo­dy in 1605.

Alternate Tune:

  • Wo Soll Ich Flie­hen Hin, Der Buss­fer­tige Sün­der (Nur­em­berg, Ger­ma­ny: 1679) (🔊 pdf nwc)

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Pe­ter­sen or Reg­nart (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

O Bride of Christ, rejoice!
Exultant raise thy voice
To hail the day of glory,
Foretold in sacred story.

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Hosanna, praise and glory,
Our king, we bow before Thee.

Let shouts of gladness rise
Triumphant to the skies.
Here comes the King most glorious
To reign o’er all victorious

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He wears no kingly crown
Yet as a king He’s known;
Though not arrayed in splendor,
He still makes death surrender.

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The weak and timid find
How meek He is and kind;
To them He gives a treasure
Of bliss beyond all measure.

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Thy heart now open wide,
Bid Christ with thee abide;
He graciously will hear thee,
And be forever near thee.

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Then go thy Lord to meet;
Strew palm leaves at His feet;
Thy garments spread before Him
And honor and adore Him.

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E’en babes with one accord
With thee shall praise the Lord,
And every gentile nation
Respond with exultation.

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