16. On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry

1 On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry
Announces that the Lord is nigh;
Come, then, and listen, for he brings
Good news about the King of kings.

2 Then cleansed be ev'ry life from sin
And furnished for a guest within,
And let us all our hearts prepare
For Christ to come and enter there.

3 We hail you as our Savior, Lord,
Our refuge and our great reward.
Without your grace we waste away
Like flow'rs that wither and decay.

4 Stretch forth your hand, our health restore,
And lift us up to fall no more.
Oh, make your face on us to shine,
And fill the world with love divine.

5 All praise to you, eternal Son,
Whose advent has our freedom won,
Whom with the Father we adore
And Holy Spirit 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
Translator: John Chandler
Meter: LM
Language: English
Publication Date: 1993
Topic: Advent
Tune Information
Meter: LM
Key: D Major
Source: Latin melody, 15th century, adapt.
Copyright: Setting: © A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd.

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