Wake, awake, for night is flying


Wake, awake, for night is flying;
the watchmen on the heights are crying:
awake, Jerusalem, at last!
Midnight hears the welcome voices
and at the thrilling cry rejoices;
come forth, ye virgins, night is past;
the Bridegroom comes, awake;
your lamps with gladness take;
Hallelujah!
And for his marriage feast prepare
for ye must go and meet him there.

Zion hears the watchmen singing,
and all her heart with joy is springing;
she wakes, she rises from her gloom;
for her Lord comes down all glorious,
the strong in grace, in truth victorious.
her Star is risen, her Light is come.
Ah come, thou blessèd One,
God's own belovèd Son;
Hallelujah!
We follow till the halls we see
where thou hast bid us sup with thee.

Now let all the heavens adore thee,
and men and angels sing before thee,
with harp and cymbal's clearest tone;
of one pearl each shining portal,
where we are with the choir immortal
of angels round thy dazzling throne;
nor eye hath seen,
nor ear hath yet attained to hear
what there is ours,
but we rejoice and sing to thee
our hymn of joy eternally.


Words: Philipp Nicolai (1556-1608), 1597;
trans. Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878), 1858

Music: Wachet auf (Philipp Nicolai, 1556-1608; arr. Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750)

Meter: Irr. (898 898 664 448)

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874      
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
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 538 Wachet auf  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874 501 Wachet auf  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924      
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879      
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington) 040 Wachet auf  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker) 040 Wachet auf  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins) 040 Wachet auf, Wake awake (Thorne)  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau) 040 Wachet auf, Wake awake (Thorne)  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein) 040 Wachet auf  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter) 040 Wachet auf, Wake awake (Thorne)  
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904      
The English Hymnal, 1906      
The Book of Common Praise, 1908      
The Hymnal 1916 062 Wachet auf  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919 077 Wachet auf  
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
039 Wachet auf  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925      
Songs of Praise, 1925      
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931 687 Wachet auf  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938      
The Hymnal 1940 003 Wachet auf  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950      
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960      
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965      
The Hymn Book 1971      
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 195 Wachet auf  
The Hymnal 1982 061, 062 Wachet auf (Nicolai), Wachet auf (Bach)  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983      
The New English Hymnal, 1985      
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988      
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 529 Wachet auf  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998      
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999 266 Wachet auf  
Sing Glory, 1999      
Complete Mission Praise, 2000      
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000      
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000      

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