Hark! An Awful Voice Is Sounding

This hymn is used for Lauds on Sundays and weekdays during the Season of Advent in both Forms.

Hark! an awful voice is sounding;
“Christ is nigh!” it seems to say;
“Cast away the dreams of darkness,
O ye children of the day!”

Startled at the solemn warning,
Let the earth-bound soul arise;
Christ her Sun, all sloth dispelling,
Shines upon the morning skies.

Lo! the Lamb so long expected,
Comes with pardon down from Heav’n;
Let us haste, with tears of sorrow,
One and all to be forgiven.

So, when next He comes with glory,
Wrapping all the earth in fear,
May He then as our Defender
On the clouds of Heav’n appear.

Honour, glory, virtue, merit,
To the Father and the Son,
With the everlasting Spirit,
While eternal ages run.

Words: Anonymous Latin, 6th C.; tr. Fr. Edward Caswall, C.O., 1849.
Tune: “Merton (Monk)” William H. Monk, 1850.
Alternate Tune:O Der Alles” Neues Geistreiches Gesangbuch, 1705.
Meter: 87.87

This is the text as it appears in  Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867) as altered by the compilers:

Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding;
“Christ is nigh,” it seems to say;
“Cast away the dreams of darkness,
O ye children of the day!”

Wakened by the solemn warning,
Let the earth-bound soul arise;
Christ, her Sun, all ill dispelling,
Shines upon the morning skies.

Lo! the Lamb, so long expected,
Comes with pardon down from Heaven;
Let us haste, with tears of sorrow,
One and all to be forgiven:

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.

Honour, glory, might, and blessing
To the Father and the Son,
With the Everlasting Spirit,
While eternal ages run. Amen.

The original Latin text is found here.

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