Wake, Awake for Night is Flying!
This is an arrangement of the famous German carol “Wachet Auf Ruft Uns Die Stimme” translated into English (though a verse is given in German for those who would like to use it). This version of the carol mixes snippets of “Good Christian Men Rejoice” with the “Wachet Auf” tune and would work well with either piano or organ for the accompaniment.
Wake, awake, for night is flying:
The Watchmen on the heights are crying,
Awake, Jerusalem, arise!
Midnight strikes! no more delaying,
“The hour has come!” We hear them saying,
“He comes; prepare, ye virgens wise.”
Rise up, with willing feet,
Go forth, the Bridegroom meet: Alleluia!
Bear through the night your well trimmed light,
Speed forth to join the marriage rite.
Good Christian men rejoice!
Give all your heart and voice,
for now ye need not fear the grave,
this Jesus Christ is born to save!
Zion hears the watchmen singing,
Her heart with deep delight is springing,
She stands and waits with eager eyes.
Forth her bridegroom comes all glorious,
In grace arrayed, by truth victorious;
Her light burns clear, her star doth rise.
Now come unto your own,
Lord Jesus, God’s own son! Alleluia!
We haste along in glorious song,
And joyful join the marriage throng.
Christ was born for this, Christ was born for this!
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