1 On Jordan's banks the Baptist's cry
Announces that the Lord is nigh;
Come, then, and hearken, for he brings
Glad tidings from the King of kings.
2 Then cleansed be every Christian breast
And furnished for so great a Guest.
Yea, let us each our hearts prepare
For Christ to come and enter there.
3 For Thou art our Salvation, Lord,
Our Refuge, and our great Reward.
Without Thy grace our souls must fade
And wither like a flow'r decayed.
4 Lay on the sick Thy healing hand
And make the fallen strong to stand;
Show us the glory of Thy face
Till beauty springs in every place.
5 All praise, eternal Son, to thee,
Whose advent sets Thy people free,
Whom, with the Father, we adore,
And Holy Ghost forevermore.
|First Line:||On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry|
|Title:||On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry|
|Latin Title:||Jordania oras praevia|
|Translator (sts. 1-3):||John Chandler (1537)|
|Translator (st. 4, 5):||Unknown|
|Author:||Charles Coffin (1736, ab.)|
|Topic:||The Church Year: Advent|
|Name:||PUER NOBIS, NASCITUR|
|Source:||"Musae Siniae," VI, 1609|