In Judah's rugged wilderness

Representative Text

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 >

Text Information

First Line: In Judah's rugged wilderness
Author: T. Fletcher
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



RICHMOND (also known as CHESTERFIELD) is a florid tune originally written by Thomas Haweis (PHH 270) and published in his collection Carmina Christo (1792). Samuel Webbe, Jr., adapted and shortened the tune and published it in his Collection of Psalm Tunes (1808). It was reprinted in 1853 in Webbe's…

Go to tune page >



The Cyber Hymnal #10752
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)


Instances (1 - 1 of 1)

The Cyber Hymnal #10752

Include 6 pre-1979 instances
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us