264. Comfort, Comfort Now My People

1 "Comfort, comfort now my people;
tell of peace!" So says our God.
Comfort those who sit in darkness
bowed beneath oppression's load.
To God's people now proclaim
that God's pardon waits for them!
Tell them that their war is over;
God will reign in peace forever!

2 For the herald’s voice is crying
in the desert far and near,
calling us to true repentance,
since the Kingdom now is here.
O, that warning cry obey!
Now prepare for God a way!
Let the valleys rise to meet him,
and the hills bow down to greet him!

3 Straight shall be what long was crooked,
and the rougher places plain!
Let your hearts be true and humble,
as befits his holy reign!
For the glory of the Lord
now on earth is shed abroad,
and all flesh shall see the token
that God’s word is never broken.

Text Information
First Line: Comfort, comfort now my people
Title: Comfort, Comfort Now My People
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1863)
Author: Johannes G. Olearius, 1611-1684
Publication Date: 1995
Scripture: Isaiah 40:1-8; Isaiah 61:1-6; Matthew 3:1-6; Mark 1:14-15; Luke 3:2-6
Topic: Advent; Christian year--Advent
Language: English
Tune Information
Key: F Major or modal
Source: From Trente quatre pseaumes de David, Geneva (1551)

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