Scripture Verse

Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. Matthew 25:13

Introduction

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John M. Neale
1818–1866

Words: Au­re­li­us Pru­den­ti­us (348–413), Li­ber Ca­the­mer­i­non (Al­es di­ei nun­ti­us). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by John M. Neale in The Hym­nal Not­ed, en­larged ed­i­tion, 1854.

Music: Ware­ham Will­iam Knapp, 1738 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

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William Knapp
1698–1768

Lyrics

The wingèd herald of the day
Proclaims the morn’s approaching ray:
And Christ the Lord our souls excites,
And so to endless life invites.

Take up thy bed, to each He cries,
Who sick or wrapped in slumber lies;
And chaste and just and sober stand
And watch: My coming is at hand.

With earnest cry, with tearful care,
Call we the Lord to hear our prayer;
While supplication, pure and deep,
Forbids each chastened heart to sleep.

Do Thou, O Christ, our slumber wake:
Do Thou the chains of darkness break;
Purge Thou our former sins away,
And in our souls new light display.

All laud to God the Father be,
All praise, eternal Son, to Thee;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To God the holy Paraclete.