"On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry"
                       by Charles Coffin, 1676-1749
            Translated by John Chandler, 1806-1876 (Stanzas 1-3)
                Translated by unknown author, (Stanzas 4-5)
                               Text From:
           (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942) p.51-52

        1. 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.

        2. Then cleansed by every Christian breast
        And furnished for so great a Guest.
        Yea, let us each our hearts prepare
        For Christ to come and enter there.

        3. 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.

        4. Lay on the sick Thy healing hand
        And make the fallen strong to stand;
        Show us the glory of Thy face
        Till beauty springs in every place.

        5. All praise, eternal Son, to Thee
        Who advent sets Thy people free,
        Whom, with the Father, we adore
        And Holy Ghost forevermore.

Notes from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Hymn #63 Text: Is. 40:3, Matt. 3:3 Author: Charles Coffin, 1676-1749 Translated by: John Chandler, 1837 (Stanzas 1-3) Titled: "Jordanis oras praevia" Tune: "Puer nobis nascitur" 1st Published in: _Musae Sioniae_, VI, 1609
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