1 Rejoice! Rejoice, believers,
and let your lights appear;
the evening is advancing
and darker night is near.
The Bridegroom is arising
and soon he will draw nigh.
Up, watch with expectation;
at midnight comes the cry.
2 See that your lamps are burning;
replenish them with oil;
look now for your salvation,
the end of sin and toil.
The marriage feast is waiting;
the gates wide open stand;
arise, O heirs of glory;
the Bridegroom is at hand!
3 Our hope and expectation,
O Jesus, now appear;
arise, thou Sun so longed for,
above this shadowed sphere!
With hearts and hands uplifted,
we plead, O Lord, to see
the day of earth’s redemption,
and ever be with thee!
|First Line:||Rejoice! Rejoice, believers|
|Title:||Rejoice! Rejoice, Believers|
|Author:||Laurentius Laurenti (1700)|
|Translator:||Sarah Borthwick Findlater (1854)|
|Scripture:||Matthew 25:1-13; Revelation 20; Revelation 21|
|Topic:||Christ's Return and Judgment; Hope; Jesus Christ: Advent|
|Source:||Alt. The Hymnal 1982|
|Source:||Welsh folk melody; Llwybrau Moliant, 1872; harm. The English Hymnal, 1906|
The Latin original of this text based on the parable of the wise and foolish maidens (Matthew 25:1–13) consisted of ten stanzas, but this briefer version is more appropriate for its message of urgency. It is set to a spirited minor Welsh tune named for a Pembrokeshire village.
|Audio recording:||Audio (MP3)|