‘Behold the Bridegroom draweth nigh’
‘Behold the Bridegroom draweth nigh’. Robert Maude Moorsom* (1831-1911).
First published in Moorsom’s Renderings of Church Hymns (1901). It was a translation of a Greek text, ‘Idou ho nymphios’, in four stanzas. The Greek text may be found in Hymns Ancient and Modern, Historical Edition (1909), edited by Walter Howard Frere*, pp. 62-3. It is based on the story of the wise and foolish virgins in Matthew 25: 1-13. Moorsom translated the four Greek stanzas as follows:
‘Behold the Bridegroom draweth nigh;’ Hear ye the oft-repeated cry? Go forth into the midnight dim; For bless’d are they whom He shall find With ready heart and watchful mind; Go forth, my soul, to Him.
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