The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Comfort, Comfort Ye My People

Version 2
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For St. John the Baptist, For Advent

Words: "Tröstet, tröstet meine Lieben," Johannes Olearius, (1611-1684), Geistliche Singe-Kunst (Leipzig, Germany: 1671)
Translated from German to English by Catherine Winkworth, alt., in Chorale Book for England, 1863.
Olearius wrote this hymn for St. John the Baptist's Day (June 24).
See Isaiah 40:1-8.

Music: "Freu dich sehr", Genevan Psalter, 1551
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"Werde munter, mein Gemüthe," Johann Schop, 1642.
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Meter: 87 87 77 88

1. Comfort, comfort ye My people,
Speak ye peace, thus saith our God;
Comfort those who sit in darkness,
Mourning 'neath their sorrow's load;
Speak ye to Jerusalem
Of the peace that waits for them;
Tell her that her sins I cover,
And her warfare now is over.

2. For the herald's voice is crying
In the desert far and near,
Bidding all men to repentance,
Since the kingdom now is here.
O that warning cry obey!
Now prepare for God a way!
Let the valleys rise to meet Him,
And the hills bow down to greet Him.

3. Yea, her sins our God will pardon,
Blotting out each dark misdeed;
All that well deserved His anger
He will no more see nor heed.
She has suffered many a day,
Now her griefs have passed away,
God will change her pining sadness
Into ever springing gladness.

4. Make ye straight what long was crooked,
Make the rougher places plain:
Let your hearts be true and humble,
As befits His holy reign,
For the glory of the Lord
Now o'er the earth is shed abroad,
And all flesh shall see the token
That His Word is never broken.

Sheet Music from William Sterndale Bennett and Otto Goldschmidt, eds., The Chorale Book For England. Congregational Edition. (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1863, Supp. 1865), Translator: Catherine Winkworth, #83.

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