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tr., John Brownlie

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I

Watchers, let your lights be burning,

Soon the Bridegroom will be here;

List! the footsteps now returning,

Rise to greet Him, He is near;

See your lights are trimmed and burning,

For your Lord at His returning.

II

Wake, awake, no time for sleeping,

Though the midnight hour be dark;

Faithfully your vigil keeping,

You shall greet Him;—watchers, hark!

Footsteps tell your Lord's returning,

See your lights are trimmed and burning.

III

Ah, the shame when He appeareth,—

Sleeping watchers, flickering light;

Ah, the sorrow when He neareth,

In the middle of the night;—

Drowsy, in the dark reclining,

While a myriad lights are shining.

IV

Ah, my soul, bestir thee, wake thee,

Day is passing, soon 'tis night;

If the midnight hour o'ertake thee,

Will thy lamp send forth its light?

Wake, awake, thy Lord returneth,

See your light is trimmed and burneth.

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