Scripture Verse

At midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Matthew 25:6


Horatius Bonar (1808–1889)

Words: Ho­ra­ti­us Bo­nar, Hymns of Faith and Hope, se­cond ser­ies (Lon­don: James Nis­bet, 1861), page 214.

Music: Winch­combe John B. Cal­kin, 1862 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Cal­kin (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

John B. Calkin (1827–1905)


The Bride­groom comes! Bride of the Lamb, awake!
The mid­night cry is heard; Thy sleep for­sake.
The mar­riage day has come; lift up thy head!
Put on thy brid­al robe, the feast is spread.

Shake off earth’s dust, and wash thy wea­ry feet,
Arise, make haste, go forth, the Bride­groom greet.
Sing the new song! Thy tri­umph has begun;
Thy tears are wiped away, Thy night is done!