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

Words: At­trib­ut­ed to Am­brose of Mi­lan (340–397) (Vox Cla­ra Ec­ce In­to­nat). The 1632 Ro­man Bre­vi­a­ry re­cast the orig­in­al to En Cla­ra Vox Re­dar­gu­it. The text be­low is John H. New­man’s trans­la­tion of the 1637 ver­sion, in his Vers­es on Re­li­gious Sub­jects (Dub­lin: James Duf­fy, 1853), num­ber 63.

Rath­bun Ith­a­mar Con­key, 1849 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John H. Newman


Hark, a joyful voice is thrilling,
And each dim and winding way
Of the ancient temple filling;
Dreams, depart! for it is day.

Christ is coming—from thy bed
Earth-bound soul, awake and spring—
With the sun new-risen to shed
Health on human suffering.

Lo! to grant a pardon free,
Comes a willing Lamb from Heav’n;
Sad and tearful, hasten we,
One and all, to be forgiv’n.

Once again He comes in light
Girding earth with fear and woe;
Lord! be Thou our loving might,
From our guilt and ghastly foe.

To the Father, and the Son,
And the Spirit, who in Heav’n
Ever witness, Three and One,
Praise on earth be ever giv’n.