322. On Jordan's Bank

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.

Text Information
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
Publication Date: 1994
Meter: LM
Scripture: Isaiah 40:3-5; Malachi 3:1; Matthew 3:3; Mark 1:3; Luke 3:4-6; John 1:15-28; John 1:23; Acts 10:37
Topic: Seasons and Feasts: Baptism of the Lord
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
Composer: Gary Miles
Meter: LM
Key: A Major
Copyright: © 1974, 1975, Celebration



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