Number: 17
Title: Sleepers, Wake! A Voice Astounds Us
Composer: Trans. Carl P. Daw, Jr., 1982Attr. Philipp Nicolai, 1599 Harm. Johann Sebastian Bach, 1731
Author: Philipp Nicolai, 1599
Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13 I Corinthians 2:9 Revelation 19:6-9 Revelation 12:21
Theme: Advent

1.  "Sleepers, wake!" A voice astounds us;
    The shout of rampart guards surrounds us:
    "Awake, Jerusalem, arise!"
    Midnight's peace their cry has broken,
    Their urgent summons clearly spoken:
    "The time has come, O maidens wise!
    Rise up, and give us light;
    The Bridegroom is in sight.
    Alleluia! Your lamps prepare and hasten there,
    That you the wedding feast may share."

2.  Zion hears the watchmen singing,
    Her heart with joyful hope is springing;
    She wakes and hurries through the night.
    Forth He comes, her Bridegroom glorious
    In strength of grace, in truth victorious:
    Her star is risen, her light grows bright.
    Now come, most worthy Lord,
    God's Son, Incarnate Word,
    Alleluia! We follow all and heed Your call
    To come into the banquet hall.

3.  Lamb of God, the heavens adore You;
    Let saints and angels sing before You,
    As harps and cymbals swell the sound.
    Twelve great pearls, the city's portals:
    Through them we stream to join the immortals
    As we with joy Your throne surround.
    No eye has known the sight, 
    No ear heard such delight:
    Alleluia! Therefore we sing to greet our King;
    Forever let our praises ring.