106. Prepare the Way, O Zion

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Text Information
First Line: Prepare the way, O Zion
Title: Prepare the Way, O Zion
Author: Frans Mikael Franzen (1812, rev. 1819)
Translator: Augustus Nelson (1958)
Adapter: Charles P. Price (1980, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 7.6.7.6.7.7 with refrain
Scripture: Psalm 24:7-10; Isaiah 40:3-5; Isaiah 52:8; Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 3:3; Matthew 21:1-9; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 3:4-6; Luke 19:29-38; John 12:12-15; Revelation 14:1
Topic: Jesus Christ: Advent
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O blest is Christ who came
Copyright: © 1982 Hope Publishing Company
Tune Information
Name: BEREDEN VÄG FÖR HERRAN
Composer: Unknown
Meter: 7.6.7.6.7.7 with refrain
Key: G Major or modal
Source: Then Swenska Psalmboken, 1697; arr. American Lutheran Hymnal, 1930
Notes: Guitar chords do not correspond with keyboard harmony.


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This engaging Advent text based on Isaiah 40:3–5 and Psalm 24:7–10 has been in use in the Church of Sweden for almost two hundred years. It is set to a version of an even older Swedish tune, which in turn seems to be derived from a German folktune that spread to Scandinavia.


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