1 On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry
Announces that the Lord is nigh;
Awake and hearken, for he brings
Glad tidings of the King of kings.
2 Then cleansed be every life from sin;
Make straight the way for God within,
And let each heart prepare a home
Where such a mighty guest may come.
3 For you are our salvation, Lord,
Our refuge, and our great reward;
Without your grace we waste away
Like flow'rs that wither and decay.
4 To heal the sick stretch out your hand,
And bid the fallen sinner stand;
Shine forth, and let your light restore
Earth's own true loveliness once more.
5 All praise the Son eternally,
Whose advent set his people free;
Whom with the Father we adore
And Spirit blest for evermore.
|First Line:||On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry|
|Title:||On Jordan's Bank|
|Latin Title:||Jordanis oras praevia|
|Author:||Charles Coffin, 1676-1749|
|Translator:||John Chandler, 1806-1876|
|Scripture:||Isaiah 40:3-5; Malachi 3:1; Matthew 3:3; Mark 1:3; Luke 3:4; Luke 3:4-6; John 1:15-28; Acts 10:37|
|Topic:||Seasons and Feasts: Advent; Seasons and Feasts: Baptism of the Lord|
|Source:||Musikalisches Handbuch, Hamburg, 1690 (adapt.)|