Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding.
“Christ is nigh,” it seems to say;
“Cast away the works of darkness,
O ye children of the day.”
Wakened by 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 heaven;
let us all, with tears of sorrow,
pray that we may 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.
Honor, glory, might, and blessing
to the Father and the Son,
with the everlasting Spirit,
while eternal ages run.
–Words: Latin, sixth century; trans. Edward Caswall (1814-1878) as “Hark, an awful voice is sounding”. Murray’s Hymnal of 1852 changed the first line to “a thrilling voice” and Hymns Ancient & Modern of 1861 altered the text further into its present form.
–Tune: MERTON, William Henry Monk (1823-1889); descant Alan Gray, 20th century