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7627. The World Is Very Evil

1. The world is very evil,
the times are waxing late,
Be sober and keep vigil,
the judge is at the gate.
The judge who comes in mercy,
the judge who comes in might,
Who comes to end the evil,
who comes to crown the right.

2. Arise, arise, good Christian,
let right to wrong succeed;
Let penitential sorrow
to heavenly gladness lead,
To light that has no evening,
that knows nor moon nor sun,
The light so new and golden,
the light that is but one.

3. O home of fadeless splendor,
of flowers that bear no thorn,
Where they shall dwell as children
who here as exiles mourn;
’Midst power that knows no limits,
where wisdom has no bound,
The beatific vision
shall glad the saints around.

4. The peace that is for Heaven,
and shall be too for earth,
The palace that re-echoes
with festal song and mirth;
The garden breathing spices,
the paradise on high;
Grace beautified to glory,
unceasing minstrelsy.

5. O happy, holy portion,
reflection for the blest,
True vision of true beauty,
true cure of the distressed!
Strive, man, to win that glory;
toil, man, to gain that light;
Send hope before to grasp it,
till hope be lost in sight.

6. O sweet and blessèd country,
the home of God’s elect!
O sweet and blessèd country,
that eager hearts expect!
Jesu, in mercy bring us
to that dear land of rest;
Who art with God the Father
and Spirit, ever blest.

Text Information
First Line: The world is very evil
Title: The World Is Very Evil
Latin Title: Hora novissima, tempora pessima sunt, vigilemus
Author: Bernard of Morlaix (12th Century)
Translator (from Latin): John M. Neale
Meter: 76.76 D
Language: English
Source: Translation in The Rhythm of Bernard de Morlaix, Monk of Cluny, 1858
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: Robert Lucas Pearsall, 1795-1856
Meter: 76.76 D
Incipit: 51713 65543 22313
Key: D Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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