This is the text of this hymn as it appeared in the Second Edition of William Chatterton Dix’s “Altar Songs.” He gives it the heading “Advent. The Warning and the Invitation.”
Silence, strange sounds are in the earth
Of mysteries to be;
Silence, a voice which cries, Prepare,
From wrath eternal flee.
And yet another Voice is heard
Within the startled breast;
O faint, O weary, come to Me,
And you shall be refresht.
Thus ever these two voices blend,
Prepare-and-Come to Me,
One is a call to strife with self,
The other, Lord, to Thee.
John bids us make the rugged smooth,
And life’s rough places plain,
Ere Thou, the Judge of all the earth,
Haste with Thine Angel-Train.
But Thou, dear Lord, dost speak of Rest;
Come, is Thy word of peace;
And as we rise, so comest Thou,
That all our sorrows cease.
Silence, dread words are in the earth
Of mysteries that be;
Prepare; is sternness in the voice?
Still Love saith, Come to Me.
Words: William Chatterton Dix, 1867.
Tune: “Hunnys” melody from Seven Sobs of a Sorrowful Soul, 1585.