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, 1676-1749|
|Translator:||John Chandler, 1806-1876|
|Scripture:||Luke 4:18; Isaiah 61:1-3; John 9:5; Luke 2:76-79; Isaiah 40:3; John 8:32-36; Luke 1:17; Genesis 15:1; John 1:28; Mark 1:1-8; John 1:9; Matthew 5:16|
|Adapter:||Michael Praetorius, 1571-1621|
|Harmonizer:||George R. Woodward, 1848-1934|