Hark In The Wilderness
For The Weeks After Epiphany
Words: Clamantis ecce vox sonans, by Nicholas le Tourneux, Seventeenth Century.
Translation: Robert Campbell, of Sherrington
Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), p. 50.
Hark, in the wilderness The Lord's forerunner pleads, While crowds of mourners press To show their wicked deeds ; And with the guilty throng draws nigh The Lamb of God, so soon to die. But since the brightest star Grows pale before the sun, How shall the Baptist dare To cleanse the Holy One ? This God declares to be his will : 'All righteousness I must fulfil O Baptist, 'tis thy part That cleanser to confess, Whose Spirit comes the heart To purify and bless ; Then, Saviour, in thy name we boast ; Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost
Note from Shipley:
55. Clamantis, ecce, vox sonans. Vespers Hymn from the Paris Breviary, by Nicholas le Tourneux, Seventeenth Century. Hark in the wilderness. An imitation. Robert Campbell. 50
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