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ON JORDAN'S BANK / ADVENT

Jordanis oras praevia, Charles Coffin, d.1749, Tr. John Chandler, d.1876 /
Adapted from a Chorale in 'Musikalisches Hand-Buch', Hamburg, 1690





ON JORDAN'S BANK


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 ev'ry heart from sin;
Make straight the way of God within;
Oh, let us all our hearts prepare
For Christ to come and enter there.
3 To heal the sick stretch out Thine hand,
And bid the fallen sinner stand;
Shine forth, and let Thy light restore
Earth's own true loveliness once more.
4 All praise, eternal Son, to Thee,
Whose advent sets Thy people free;
Whom with the Father we adore
And Holy Ghost forever more.