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 us all our hearts prepare
for Christ to come and enter there.
3 We hail you as our Savior, Lord,
our refuge and our great reward;
without your grace we waste away
like flowers that wither and decay.
4 Stretch forth your hand; our health restore,
and make us rise to fall no more.
O let your face upon us shine
and fill the world with love divine.
|First Line:||On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry|
|Title:||On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry|
|Author:||Charles Coffin (1736)|
|Translator:||John Chandler (1837, alt.)|
|Scripture:||Numbers 6:25; Psalm 62:2; Isaiah 40:3-5; Isaiah 61:1-3; Malachi 3:1; Matthew 3:3; Luke 3:2-20; Acts 10:37|
|Topic:||Jesus Christ: Advent|
|Harmonizer:||William Henry Monk (1847, alt.)|
|Source:||Musikalisches Handbuch, 1690|
|Notes:||(alternate tune: PUER NOBIS NASCITUR)|
This hymn shows how once-unconnected parts can work together. The text about John the Baptist was written in Latin in the 18th century and translated into English in the 19th century. Similarly, the 17th century melody was adapted to its present form in the 19th century.
|Audio recording:||Audio (MP3)|