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20. On Jordan's Bank

1 On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry
announces that the Lamb 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;
and let each heart prepare a home
where such a mighty guest may come.

3 In you, we find abundant life,
our refuge in the midst of strife;
without your grace we waste away
like flowers that wither and decay.

4 Stretch forth your hand, our health restore,
and help us rise to fall no more.
O let your face upon us shine,
and fill the world with love divine.

5 All praise to you, eternal Son,
whose advent has our freedom won;
and praise to God whom we adore,
with Holy Spirit evermore.

Text Information
First Line: On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry
Title: On Jordan's Bank
Author: Charles Coffin (1763)
Translator: John Chandler (1837, alt.)
Publication Date: 1996
Meter: 8 8 8 8
Topic: Biblical Characters: John, the Baptist; Biblical Places: Jordan; Christian Year: Advent (23 more...)
Source: Latin
Language: English
Tune Information
Arranger: W. H. Havergal (1864)
Composer (descant): Hal Hopson (1979)
Meter: 8 8 8 8
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Musikalisches Handbuch, Hamburg 1690
Copyright: Descant © 1979 G.I.A. Publications

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