Author: Laurentius Laurenti (1660-1722) Composer: Melchior Teschner, 1613 (1584-1635)
1. Cheer up, ye host of righteous, Your shining lamps display! Evening has come upon us, Daylight has passed away. The Bridegroom in His splendor Will soon again appear; O watch and pray with candor, Midnight will soon be here!
2. Trim up the for the occasion Your lamps, and keep them filled! Await now your salvation, Have soul and body healed! Hear Zion’s guard repeating “The Bridegroom now is near!” Give Him a joyful greeting; With hallelujahs clear!
3. Ye wise and holy virgins, Lift now your voices high’r. Until in songs of triumph You meet the angel choir! The door stands wide and open, The wedding glow foretells The grand day for tomorrow, Which night and gloom dispels.
4. He will not long now tarry; Do not fall back to sleep! The trees their blossoms carry, See springtime forward creep, Presage comfort for sorrow; The sunset glow foretells The grand day for tomorrow, Which night and gloom dispels.
5. O who would now be sleeping? The wise will keep awake. God’s wrath will soon be sweeping, And vengeance He will take On all who are not watchful, And homage did award Unto the beast and idol, Instead of Thee, O Lord.
6. Advance now for the meeting, All who love Zion here, With joyful, happy greeting; Thy griefs now disappear. The hour of joyful tiding Now for the bride will sound, Who, long in faith abiding, In glory shall be crowned.
7. Ye saints, who here in patience Your cross and suffering bore, Shall live and reign forever The Lamb’s bright throne before; With joy ye shall in glory The Lamb Himself behold; In triumph cast before Him Your diadems of gold.
8. There is the vict’ry’s emblem; There is the snow-white dress; We’ll sing the joyful anthem, And heaven’s peace possess. Instead of tears and sadness, The hour of joy will chime, And after winter’s bleakness, Eternal spring sublime.
9. O joyful city yonder, Jerusalem the New, Where the redeemed shall tarry; O were the time soon due When we with Thee united, Our brethren one and all, Whom Thou, Lord, hast invited, Enter the wedding hall!
10. O Jesus Christ, our pleasure, Come soon and reappear! O Jesus Christ, our treasure, Advance Thy progress here! We pray for termination Of all combat and strife, And hope our full salvation May speedily arrive.
Special thanks to the Apostolic Christians who diligently labored to keep their rich musical heritage alive when most other denominations forsook it in the challenging battle of changing cultures. Thanks be to those souls who labored to write and compose this treasure of praise, many now only known to GOD!