In Judah's rugged wilderness

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1 In Judah’s rugged wilderness,
Where Jordan rolls his flood,
In manners strict, and rude in dress,
The holy Baptist stood.

2 And while upon the river’s side
The people thronged to hear,
"Repent," the sacred preacher cried;
"The heavenly kingdom’s near."

3 Now Jesus to the stream descends;
His feet the waters lave;
And o’er His head, that humbly bends,
The Baptist pours the wave.

4 When lo! a heavenly form appears,
Descending as a dove;
And wondrous sounds th’assembly hears,
Proclaiming from above—

5 "This is My well belovèd Son;
On Him My Spirit rests;
Now is His reign of grace begun;
Attend His high behests."

6 The sacred voice has reached our ear,
And still through distant lands
Shall sound, till all His name revere,
And honor His commands.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10752

Author: T. Fletcher

19th Century  Go to person page >

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Author: T. Fletcher



RICHMOND (also known as CHESTERFIELD) is a florid tune originally written by Thomas Haweis (<a href="/hymn/PsH/270#tuneinfo">PHH 270</a>) and published in his collection <cite>Carmina Christo</cite> (1792). Samuel Webbe, Jr., adapted and shortened the tune and publi…

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