Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying
Hymns and Songs

Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs: “Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying”

Wake, Awake, for Night is FlyingIn Ephesians 5:15-21, we are given directions on how to properly live as Christians. One of these is to sing “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.” Each Monday, I share a song from history or present day that present a high view of God, praise Him, and teaches solid doctrine.

Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying

Philipp Nicolai (1599)

“Wake, awake, for night is flying,”
the watchmen on the heights are crying;
“Awake, Jerusalem, arise!”
Midnight hears the welcome voices
and at the thrilling cry rejoices:
“Where are the virgins pure and wise?
The Bridegroom comes: Awake!
Your lamps with gladness take!
Wake, Awake, for Night is FlyingWith bridal care and faith’s bold prayer,
to meet the Bridegroom, come, prepare!”

Zion hears the watchmen singing,
and in her heart new joy is springing.
She wakes, she rises from her gloom.
For her Lord comes down all-glorious
and strong in grace, in truth victorious.
Her star is risen, her light is come!
Now come, O Blessed One,
Lord Jesus, God’s own Son.
Sing hosanna!
We answer all in joy your call;
we follow to the wedding hall.

Lamb of God, the heavens adore you,
the saints and angels sing before you
with harp and cymbals’ clearest tone.
Of one pearl each shining portal,
where, joining with the choir immortal,
we gather round your radiant throne.
No eye has seen that light,
no ear the echoed might
of your glory;
yet there shall we in victory
sing shouts of joy eternally!

If you enjoyed this post, you may also be interested in my other posts of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs.

Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying



  • Sherry Thecharmofhome

    I have a hymnal and pull it out often to review lyrics of songs I sang while growing up. I love it when songs are inspired and based on scripture. Beautiful song.

  • Brandi Raae

    Thanks for linking up with #LMMLinkup!

  • Joy DeKok

    When I first came to faith in Christ, I was . We had an old hymnal in the piano bench and when I was home alone, I’d get it out and sing acapella. I guess I sang loud. And the windows were open. Because a neighbor mentioned my singing to my mom. 🙂 I recently got that old hymnal out again and do what I did back then. My husband and I live in the country now so it matters less that someone might hear – besides God. 🙂

  • I haven’t ever heard this song before, but I like it! I love singing to the Lord. Sometimes all I can think of is the same few over, and over, but I’m making my joyful noise! Friday Frivolity

    • That reminds me of when I worked in a hospital deep nights. I had to run quality assurance on some of the equipment at about 2am. Every night, when I would reach for the “Quality Assurance” book, I would spend the next 15 minutes singing “Blessed Assurance.” I loved spending that time praising and worshiping the Lord.

  • That’s a beautiful song! Thanks for sharing that. 🙂

  • Jann Olson

    I really can’t sing, but that doesn’t stop me from trying. lol! Spiritual songs touch my heart! We sing them each week at church and I have my favorites. Many stem back to my childhood days. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  • Angie @ ambient wares

    Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

  • I love your love for Hymns. One of my dearest friends will always sing a hymn for most any occasion and it just blesses my heart. 🙂

  • That is one of my favorite verses! I enjoy singing, but I can’t carry a tune. It is not one of my talents(SIGH). But a song is not only actual singing. I have a song of joy, a new song that the Lord gave to me. Thanks for sharing on Grace and Truth.