Scripture Verse

It is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. Romans 13:11


Ambrose of Milan (340–397)

Words: At­trib­ut­ed to Am­brose of Mi­lan (340–397) (Vox Cla­ra Ec­ce In­to­nat). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish in The Church Hymn and Tune Book, by Will­iam J. Blew & Hen­ry J. Gaunt­lett (Lon­don: Fran­cis & John Riv­ing­ton, 1852), Ad­vent sec­tion, num­ber 9.

Music: St. Va­le­ri­us The Church Hymn and Tune Book, 1852 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Henry J. Gauntlett (1805–1876)
National Portrait Gallery



Hark! the clear voice, whose thrill­ing tone
Doth rend the gloom, and rout:
Be gone, vain dreams, far hence be gone;
From Heav’n the Christ shines out.

Rise now the slug­gard mind, out­worn
And soiled and sore that lay:
Now beams the star, the star new-born,
To chase all plagues away.

The Lamb is sent us from above,
To loos­en all our debt;
Then sing we all of Christ’s great love
Through tears our tones that wet.

That when He next shines glo­ri­ous,
While glooms the world de­face,
Not for sins He pun­ish us,
But with His love em­brace.

Praise, honor, might and glo­ry meet
To God the Sire and Son,
And to the Ho­ly Pa­ra­clete,
While end­less ag­es run.