96. On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry

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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.

Text Information
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.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: LM
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; John 1:15-60; Acts 10:37
Topic: Jesus Christ: Advent
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: WINCHESTER NEW
Harmonizer: William Henry Monk (1847, alt.)
Meter: LM
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Musikalisches Handbuch, 1690
Notes: (alternate tune: PUER NOBIS NASCITUR)


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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.


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