153. Advent—Lauds

En clara vox redarguit.

HARK, a joyful voice is thrilling,
    And each dim and winding way
Of the ancient Temple filling;
    Dreams, depart! for it is day.

Christ is coming!—from thy bed,
    Earth-bound soul, awake and spring,—
With the sun new-risen to shed
    Health on human suffering.

Lo! to grant a pardon free,
    Comes a willing Lamb from Heaven;
Sad and tearful, hasten we,
    One and all, to be forgiven. {267}

Once again He comes in light,

    Girding earth with fear and woe;

Lord! be Thou our loving Might,

    From our guilt and ghostly foe.

To the Father, and the Son,

    And the Spirit, who in Heaven

Ever witness, Three and One,

    Praise on earth be ever given.

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