There's a Voice in the Wilderness Crying

There's a voice in the wilderness crying, A call from the ways untrod

Author: James Lewis Milligan (alt.)
Tune: ASCENSION (Bancroft)
Published in 21 hymnals

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1 There’s a voice in the wilderness crying,
a call from the ways untrod:
Prepare in the desert a highway,
a highway for our God!
The valleys shall be exalted,
the lofty hills brought low;
make straight all the crooked places
where the Lord our God may go!

2 O Jerusalem, herald good tidings,
ascend to the heights and sing!
Proclaim to a desolate people
the coming of their king.
The works of pride all perish,
Like flow'rs of the field we perish,
like grass our works decay;
the pow'r and the pomp of nations
shall pass like a dream away.

3 But the word of our Savior is faithful,
the arm of our God is strong,
who stands in the midst of the nations
and soon will right the wrong.
Lord, feed your flock like a shepherd,
the lambs so gently hold;
in pastures of peace now lead them,
and bring them to your fold.

Source: Evangelical Lutheran Worship #255

Author: James Lewis Milligan

Milligan, James Lewis. (Liverpool, England, February 1, 1876--May 1, 1961, Scarborough Township, York County, Ontario). Son of Anglican parents, his early and only formal education was obtained at Anglican schools. Going to work in the building trades at the age of twelve, he applied himself so assiduously to self-study he soon began contributing to London papers. In 1910 a collection of his verse was published by a London hour resulting in his receiving the Hemans Prize for Lyrical Poetry. The next year, with his family, he emigrated to Canada and became a pastor on the Methodist circuit in Hastings County, Ontario. He was, variously, an editor, editorial writer, publicity director, and author. Among his published works are The Beckoning S… Go to person page >

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A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #215
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #13Text
Common Praise (1998) #106Text
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #255Text
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #75Text
The Cyber Hymnal #6499TextScoreAudio
The New Century Hymnal #120
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #18Text
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #59
Include 12 pre-1979 instances