354. Arise, O Christian People

1 Arise, O Christian people!
Prepare yourselves today;
Prepare to greet the Savior,
Who takes you sins away.
To us by grace alone
The truth and light were given;
The promised Lord from heaven
To all the world is shown.

2 Prepare the way before Him;
Prepare for Him the best.
Cast out what would offend Him,
This great, this heav'nly guest.
Make straight, make plain the way:
The lowly valleys raising,
The heights of pride abasing,
His path, all even lay.

3 The humble heart and lowly
God raises up on high;
Beneath His feet in terror
The haughty soul shall lie.
The heart sincere and right,
That heeds God's invitation
And makes true preparation--
It is the Lord's delight.

4 Prepare my heart, Lord Jesus;
Turn not from me aside,
And help me to receive You
This blessed Advent-tide.
From stall and manger low
Come now to dwell within me;
I'll sing Your praises gladly
And forth Your glory show.

Text Information
First Line: Arise, O Christian people!
Title: Arise, O Christian People
Author: Valentin Thilo, 1607-62
Translator: Arthur T. Russell, 1806-74
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: 76 76 67 76
Scripture: Luke 3:4-5; 1 Peter 5:5-6; Psalm 51:10-12
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: AUS MEINES HERZENS GRUNDE
Meter: 76 76 67 76
Key: F Major or modal
Source: New Catechismus Gesangbüchlein, Hamburg, 1598, alt.



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