A hymn to sing along with…
The Latin hymn Vox clara ecce intonat was written in the 6th century and was translated into English by Revd Edward Caswall (1814-1878) .
He also translated When morning gilds the skies from the original German.
The tune Merton was written by William Henry Monk (1823-1889). He wrote many hymn tunes including the well-known tune Eventide for Abide with me. He was the editor of several editions of Hymns Ancient and Modern.
The descant in the last verse is by Alan Gray (1855-1935).
Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding, ‘Christ is nigh’, it seems to say;
‘Cast away the works of darkness, O ye children of the day.’
Wakened by the solemn warning, let the earth-bound soul arise;
Christ, her Sun, all ill dispelling, shines upon the morning skies.
Lo! the Lamb, so long expected, comes with pardon down from Heaven:
let us haste, with tears of sorrow, one and all to be forgiven.
That when next He comes in glory, and the world is wrapped in fear,
with His mercy He may shield us, and with words of love draw near.
Honour, glory, might and blessing to the Father and the Son,
with the everlasting Spirit, while eternal ages run.