1 Hark, a herald voice is sounding:
"Christ is nigh," it seems to say.
"Cast away the dreams of darkness,
O ye children of the day!"
2 Wakened by the solemn warning,
let the earth-bound soul arise;
Christ, our sun, all sloth dispelling,
shines upon the morning skies.
3 Lo, the Lamb, so long expected,
comes with pardon down from heaven;
let us all, with deep repentance,
pray that we may be forgiven,
4 that when next he comes with glory,
and the world is wrapped in fear,
with his mercy he may shield us,
and with words of love draw near.
5 Honour, glory, might, and blessing
to the Father and the Son,
with the everlasting Spirit,
while eternal ages run.
|First Line:||Hark, a herald voice is sounding|
|Title:||Hark, a Herald Voice Is Sounding|
|Latin Title:||Vox clare|
|Translator:||Edward Caswall (1814-1878)|
|Scripture:||Psalm 81; Isaiah 40:1-11; Isaiah 52:7-10; Malachi 4:1-6; Matthew 3:1-12; Mark 1:1-8; Luke 3:1-18; John 1:19-28; Romans 13:8-14; 1 Corinthians 15:12-28; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Revelation 1:12-20|
|Topic:||Advent; John, the Baptist; Repentance|
|Source:||Latin (10th cent.)|
|Composer:||William Henry Monk (1823-1889)|
|Composer (descant):||Alan Gray (1855-1935)|
|Copyright:||Descant © Cambridge University Press|