68. Rejoice! rejoice, believers

1 Rejoice! rejoice, believers,
and let your lights appear!
The evening is advancing,
and darker night is near.
The Bridegroom is arising,
and soon he will draw nigh;
up, watch with expectation!
at the midnight comes the cry.

2 See that your lamps are burning,
replenish them with oil;
look now for your salvation,
the end of sin and toil.
The marriage-feast is waiting,
the gates wide open stand;
rise up, ye heirs of glory,
the Bridegroom is at hand!

3 Our hope and expectation,
O Jesus, now appear;
arise, thou Sun so longed for,
above this darkened sphere!
With hearts and hands uplifted,
we plead, O Lord, to see
the day of earth's redemption,
and ever be with thee!

Text Information
First Line: Rejoice! rejoice, believers
Author: Laurentius Laurenti, 1660-1722
Translator: Sarah B. Findlater, 1823-1908 (alt.)
Meter: 76. 76 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Tune Information
Meter: 76. 76 D
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Hymnau a Thonau er Gwasanaeth yr Eglwys yng Nghymru, 1865 (melody)

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