349. “Sleepers, Wake!” A Voice Astounds Us

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Text Information
First Line: "Sleepers, wake!" A voice astounds us
Title: “Sleepers, Wake!” A Voice Astounds Us
Author: Philipp Nicolai (1599)
Translator: Carl P. Daw Jr. (1982)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: Irregular
Scripture: Isaiah 52:8; Matthew 25:1-13; 1 Corinthians 2:9; Revelation 19:6-9; Revelation 21:21
Topic: Christian Year: Reign of Christ; Christ's Return and Judgment; Jesus Christ: Advent
Language: English
Copyright: © 1982 Hope Publishing Company
Tune Information
Name: WACHET AUF
Composer (attributed to): Philipp Nicolai (1599)
Harmonizer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1731)
Meter: Irregular
Key: C Major


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This text is based on the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids (Matthew 25:1–13), but contains allusions to many other New Testament passages. Because one person created both text and tune, they combine majestically to form what is often called “the king of chorales.”


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