There's a Voice in the Wilderness Crying

There's a voice in the wilderness crying, A call from the ways untrod

Author: James Lewis Milligan
Tune: ASCENSION (Bancroft)
Published in 24 hymnals

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1 There’s a voice in the wilderness crying,
a call from the ways untrod:
Prepare in the desert a highway,
a highway for our God!
The valleys shall be exalted,
the lofty hills brought low;
make straight all the crooked places
where the Lord, our God, may go!

2 O Christians, you bring good tidings;
get up to the heights and sing!
Proclaim to a desolate people
the coming of their King.
Like the flow'rs of the field they perish;
like grass our works decay.
The pow'r and pomp of nations
shall pass like a dream away.

3 But the Word of our God is eternal;
the arm of our God is strong.
He stands in the midst of the nations,
and he shall right the wrong.
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd,
the lambs shall gently hold,
to pastures of peace shall lead them,
and bring them to his fold.

Source: Christian Worship: Hymnal #308

Author: James Lewis Milligan

Milligan, James Lewis. (Liverpool, England, February 1, 1876--May 1, 1961, Scarborough Township, York County, Ontario). Son of Anglican parents, his early and only formal education was obtained at Anglican schools. Going to work in the building trades at the age of twelve, he applied himself so assiduously to self-study he soon began contributing to London papers. In 1910 a collection of his verse was published by a London hour resulting in his receiving the Hemans Prize for Lyrical Poetry. The next year, with his family, he emigrated to Canada and became a pastor on the Methodist circuit in Hastings County, Ontario. He was, variously, an editor, editorial writer, publicity director, and author. Among his published works are The Beckoning S… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: There's a voice in the wilderness crying, A call from the ways untrod
Title: There's a Voice in the Wilderness Crying
Author: James Lewis Milligan
Meter: Irregular
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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Instances (1 - 11 of 11)

A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #215


Christian Worship (1993) #13


Christian Worship #308


Common Praise (1998) #106


Evangelical Lutheran Worship #255


The Book of Praise #128


The Cyber Hymnal #6499


The Hymnal 1982 #75

The New Century Hymnal #120


Voices United #18


Worship in Song #59

Include 13 pre-1979 instances
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