103. On Jordan's Bank, the Baptist's Cry

1 On Jordan's bank, the Baptist's cry
announces that the Lord is nigh;
awake and hearken, for he brings
glad tidings of the King of kings.

2 Then cleansed be every breast from sin;
make straight the way for God within.
Prepare we in our hearts a home,
where such a mighty guest may come.

3 For thou art our salvation, Lord,
our refuge and our great reward;
without thy grace we waste away,
like flowers that wither and decay.

4 To heal the sick stretch out thine hand,
and bid the fallen sinner stand;
shine forth, and let thy light restore
earth's own true loveliness once more.

5 All praise, eternal Son, to thee
whose advent doth thy people free;
whom with the Father we adore
and Holy Ghost for evermore.

Text Information
First Line: On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry
Title: On Jordan's Bank, the Baptist's Cry
Author: Charles Coffin (1676-1749)
Translator: John Chandler (1806-1876)
Publication Date: 1998
Meter: LM
Scripture: Isaiah 40:1-11; Matthew 3:1-12; Luke 3:1-18; Luke 4:14-21
Topic: Advent; Baptism of Jesus; John, the Baptist
Tune Information
Harmonizer: William Henry Monk (1823-1889)
Meter: LM
Source: Musicalishes Hand-Buch, Hamburg, 1690

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