The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Lo! The Desert-Depths Are Stirr'd

For Advent, for St. John the Baptist

Words: Jordanis oras prævia, Charles Coffin, Paris Breviary (1676-1749), 1736
Translated by W. J. Blew

Compare: On Jordan's Bank 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
On Jordan's Bank The Baptist's Cry - Chandler and
Behold! The Baptist's Warning Sound

Source: George Radcliffe Woodward, ed, Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), # 10

1. Lo! the desert-depths are stirr’d,
And the reeds of Jordan quiver;
At the Baptist’s herald-word
Shake the shores of that old river. Alleluya.

2. Nearer comes the preacher’s cry,
Deeper sounds his voice and deeper,
Telling that the Christ is nigh,
In a tone to rouse the sleeper. Alleluya.

3. By their Maker’s coming feet
Moved, the earth, the air, the ocean
Joyously his Advent greet
With a strangely yearning motion. Alleluya.

4. Cleanse the heart; a highway strew
For the Godhead hither faring;
Cleanse the home-—a dwelling due
To the mighty guest preparing. Alleluya.

5. Jesu, thou our solace art,
Thou our strength and our salvation;
Wither’d grass, from thee apart,
Fades away man’s feeble nation. Alleluya.

6. Lift the lost with hand of health,
Whom the plague is fast consuming:
Lift the veil; in all its wealth
Lo! the beauteous world is blooming. Alleluya.

7. Thou, who comest man to free,
Son, be thine all praise for ever:
Thine with Sire and Spirit be
Laud through ages ending never. Alleluya, Amen.

Print Page Return Home Page Close Window

If you would like to help support Hymns and Carols of Christmas, please click on the button below and make a donation.