The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Jordanis oras prævia

For Advent: Matins.

Words: Carolo (Charles) Coffin, from the Paris Breviary, 1736

English Translations:
Lo, The Baptist's Herald Cry - Williams
On Jordan's Bank The Baptist's Cry - Chandler

On Jordan’s Banks, The Baptist's Cry - Version 1
On Jordan's Banks, The Herald's Cry - Version 2
On Jordan's Bank, The Baptist's Cry - Version 3

What Sound Doth Jordan's Streams Appal?
Lo! The Desert-Depths Are Stirr'd
Behold! The Baptist's Warning Sound

Source: Carolo Coffin, Hymni Sacri (Paris: Usuum Parisiensium, 1736), pp. 33-34.

    Jordanis oras prævia 
Vox ecce Baptistæ quatit: 
Præconis ad grandes sonos 
Ignavus abscedat sopor.

    Auctoris adventum sui 
Tellus & æther & mare 
Prægestiente sentiunt, 
Et jam salutant gaudìo.

    Mundemus & nos pectora: 
Deo propinquanti viam 
Sternamus, & dignam domum 
Tanto paremus hospiti.

    Tu nostra, tu, Jesu, salus; 
Tu robur & solatium: 
Arens ut herba, te sine 
Mortale tabescit genus.

    Ægris salutarem manum 
Extende: prostratos leva: 
Ostende vultum, jam suus 
Mundo reflorescet decor.

    Qui liberator advenis, 
Fili, tibi laus maxima 
Cum Patre & almo Spiriiu 
In sempiterna secula.

Amen.

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