197. Comfort, Comfort Ye My People

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1 Comfort, comfort ye my people,
speak ye peace, thus saith our God;
comfort those who sit in darkness,
mourning 'neath their sorrow's load.
Speak ye to Jerusalem
of the peace that waits for them;
tell her that her sins I cover,
and her warfare now is over.

2 Yea, her sins our God will pardon,
blotting out each dark misdeed;
all that well deserved his anger
he no more will see or heed.
She hath suffered many a day
now her griefs have passed away;
God will change her pining sadness
into ever-springing gladness.

3 For the herald's voice is crying
in the desert far and near,
bidding all men to repentance,
since the kingdom now is here.
O that warning cry obey!
Now prepare for God a way;
let the valleys rise to meet him,
and the hills bow down to greet him.

4 Make ye straight what long was crooked,
make the rougher places plain;
let your hearts be true and humble,
as befits his holy reign.
For the glory of the Lord
now o'er earth is shed abroad;
and all flesh shall see the token,
that his word is never broken.

Text Information
First Line: Comfort, comfort ye my people
Title: Comfort, Comfort Ye My People
Author: Johannes G. Olearius (1671)
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1863)
Publication Date: 1990
Topic: Jesus Christ: His Advent; Christ: Comforter; Church: Israel of God (5 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Louis Bourgeois (1551)
Arranger: Henry A. Bruinsma
Key: G Major

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see also GENEVAN 42

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