John Was The Prophet Of The Lord
John the Herald of Christ
Words: Isaac Watts
Meter: C. M.
Source: J. G. Adams and E. H. Chapin, eds., Hymns for Christian Devotion - Especially Adapted to the Universalist Denomination. Boston: Abel Tompkins, 1853, #214.
1. John was the
prophet of the Lord
To go before his face;
The herald which the Prince of Peace
Sent to prepare his ways.
2. "Behold the
Lamb of God," he cries,
"That takes our guilt away;
I saw the Spirit o'er his head,
On his baptizing day.
3. "Be every vale
Sink every mountain low;
The proud must stoop, and humble souls
Shall his salvation know.
4. "Behold the
Morning Star arise,
Ye that in darkness sit;
He marks the path that leads to peace,
And guides our doubtful feet."
This hymn is an excerpt from a longer work. In Isaac Watts' Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1707), we find the following:
Hymn 1:50. The song of Zacharias, and the message of John the Baptist; or, Light and salvation by Jesus Christ, Luke 1. 68 &c. John 1. 29. 32. 1 Now be the God of Israel bless'd Who makes his truth appear, His mighty hand fulfils his word, And all the oaths he sware. 2 Now he bedews old David's root With blessings from the skies; He makes the branch of promise grow, The promis'd horn arise. 3 [John was the prophet of the Lord To go before his face, The herald which our Saviour God Sent to prepare his ways. 4 He makes the great salvation known, He speaks of pardon'd sins; While grace divine and heavenly love In its own glory shines. 5 "Behold the Lamb of God," he cries, "That takes our guilt away: "I saw the Spirit o'er his head "On his baptizing day.] 6 "Be every vale exalted high, "Sink every mountain low, "The proud must stoop, and humble souls "Shall his salvation know. 7 "The heathen realms with Israel's land "Shall join in sweet accord; "And all that's born of man shall see "The glory of the Lord. 8 "Behold the morning star arise, "Ye that in darkness sit; "He marks the path that leads to peace, "And guides our doubtful feet."
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