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09 January 2010

On Jordan's Bank (England)





On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
Announces that the Lord is nigh;
Come, then, and hearken, for he brings
Glad tidings from the King of kings!

Then cleansed be every breast from sin;
Make straight the way for God within;
Prepare we in our hearts a home,
Where such a mighty Guest may come.

For Thou art our Salvation, Lord,
Our Refuge, and our great Reward.
Without Thy grace our souls must fade
And wither like a flower decayed.

Stretch forth Thine hand, to heal our sore,
And make us rise and fall no more;
Once more upon Thy people shine,
And fill the world with love divine.

To Him Who left the throne of Heaven
To save mankind, all praise be given;
Like praise be to the Father done,
And Holy Spirit, Three in One.

Words: Jordanis oras praevia, adapted by Charles Coffin (1676-1749), translated by John Chandler (1806-1876)

Music: WINCHESTER NEW LM, Melody from Musicalishes Handbuch (1690), harm. William Henry Monk (1823-1899)

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