187. 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 harken, for he brings
glad tidings from the King of kings!

2 Then cleansed be ev'ry 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;
once more upon thy people shine
and fill the world with love divine.

4 To heal the sick, stretch forth thy 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 sets thy people free,
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
Original Language: Latin
Translator: J. Chandler (1837, tr. composite)
Author: Charles Coffin (1736)
Publication Date: 1985
Meter: LM
Scripture: ; ; ;
Topic: Biblical Characters: John the Baptist
Source: Jordanis oras praevia
Language: English
Tune Information
Meter: LM
Key: A Major
Source: Musicalisches Handbuch, Hamburg, 1690 (melody adapted 1847)

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