On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry (William Henry Monk)

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Four-part original hymn
  • (Posted 2012-12-20)   CPDL #27829:          (Sibelius 3) (Sibelius 5) (Sibelius 6)
Editor: Andris Solims (submitted 2012-12-19).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 20 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Melody "Jordanis oras praevia" from: Musikalisches Handbuch, 1690. Harmonizer: William Henry Monk, 1847. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
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  • CPDL #27831:        (Sibelius 3) (Sibelius 5) (Sibelius 6)
Editor: Andris Solims (submitted 2012-12-20).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 13 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Melody "Jordanis oras praevia" from: Musikalisches Handbuch, 1690. Harmonizer: William Henry Monk, 1847. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry
Composer: William Henry Monk (harm.)
Tune: Winchester New
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1690 in Musikalisches Handbuch.

Description: Advent hymn, used for the 2nd and 3rd Sundays of Advent.

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Original text and translations

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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!

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 we waste away
like flowers that wither and decay.

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.

All praise, eternal Son, to thee,
whose advent doth thy people free;
whom with the Father we adore
and Holy Ghost for evermore.