What Sound Doth Jordan's Streams Appal?
Words: C. Coffin, Jordanis oras prævia
Translation: W. M. A., 1883
Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), pp. 14-15.
What sound doth Jordan's streams appal ? The Baptist's voice they hear ; Before that herald's solemn call Let soft sleep disappear. Ocean and earth and ambient air Their maker's advent know ; Their tremors his approach declare, Their joys his presence show. Make straight the way, cleanse every breast For God who draweth nigh ; Prepare for such a worthy guest Due hospitality. Thou, Jesus, hast our bulwark stood, Thou our unfailing aid ; Deprived of thee — as we of food — The race of man doth fade. Unto the sick thy saving hand Grant, nor the prostrate spurn ; Show forth thy face ; and straight command That grace to earth return. To thee, who camst to set us free, O God the Son, be praise ; To thee, O Father, and to thee Blest Spirit, through all days.
Note from Shipley:
14. Jordanis oras praevia. Lauds Hymn from the Paris Breviary, by C. Coffin. What sound doth Jordan's streams appal, W. M. A. 1883.
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