1 On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry
announces that the Lord is nigh:
awake and listen for he brings
glad tidings of the King of kings!
2 Let every heart be cleansed from sin,
make straight the way for God within,
and so prepare to be the 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 flowers that wither and decay.
4 To heal the sick, stretch out your hand,
and make the fallen sinner stand;
shine out, and let your light restore
earth's own true loveliness once more.
5 To you, O Christ, all praises be,
whose advent set your people free;
whom with the Father we adore
and Holy Spirit evermore!
|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:||John 1:28; Genesis 15:1; Isaiah 40:3; Matthew 5:16; Luke 4:18|
|Topic:||Advent Season; Biblical Persons|
|Adapter:||Michael Praetorius (1609)|
|Harmonizer:||George R. Woodward (1910)|