Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding


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.

MIDI: Merton (William Henry Monk, 1823-1889)

Meter: 87 87

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874 033 Merton  
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869 025 Merton  
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins)      
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874 067 Lux eoi  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874 067 Gott des Himmels (Godesberg)  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924 047 Merton  
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879 102    
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885 225 Merton  
The Hymnal Companion, 1890      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker) 041 Merton  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins) 041 Bishopthorpe, Merton  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau) 041 Merton  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein) 041 Havergal, Merton  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter) 041 Merton  
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903 076 Merton  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904 046 Merton  
The English Hymnal, 1906 005 Merton  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908 055 Merton  
The Hymnal 1916 063 Merton  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917 068 Merton  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919 068 Atonement  
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
041 Merton  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925 045 Merton  
Songs of Praise, 1925      
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931      
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 063 Merton  
The Hymnal 1940 009 Merton  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 047 Merton  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 044 Merton  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 076 Merton  
The Hymn Book 1971 392 Merton  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 192 Merton  
The Hymnal 1982 059 Merton  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983 024 Merton  
The New English Hymnal, 1985 005 Merton  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 192 Merton  
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 196 Merton  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998 108 Merton  
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999 264 Merton  
Sing Glory, 1999 436 Merton  
Complete Mission Praise, 2000      
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 026 Merton  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 263 Merton  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 126 Merton  

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