Christ My Song - 110
Bride of the Lamb, awake! awake! - The Church
cheered with the hope of her Lord's return
(Edward Denny/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
The Church cheered with the hope of her Lord's return.
"O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock,
in the secret places of the stairs,
let me see thy countenance,
let me hear thy voice;
for sweet is thy voice,
and thy countenance is comely." (Song of Solomon 2,14)
2. Thy spirit, through the lonely night,
from earthly joy apart,
hath sighed for one that's far away –
the Bridegroom of thy heart.
3. But see, the night is waning fast,
the breaking morn is near;
and Jesus comes, with voice of love,
thy drooping heart to cheer.
4. He comes – for oh, his yearning heart
no more can bear delay –
to scenes of full, unmingled joy
to call his Bride away.
5. This earth, the scene of all his woe,
a homeless wild to thee,
full soon, upon his heavenly throne,
its rightful King shall see.
6. Thou, too, shalt reign – he will not wear
his crown of joy alone!
and earth his royal Bride shall see
beside him on the throne.
7. Then weep no more – 'tis all thine own –
his crown, his joy divine;
and, sweeter far than all beside,
he, he himself is thine.
Edward Denny, Hymns and Poems, 1870, 6-7.