Scripture Verse

Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40:3

Introduction

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Jeremy Taylor
(1613–1667)

Words: Jer­e­my Tay­lor, Fes­tiv­al and Pen­i­ten­tial Hymns 1655. The hymn ap­peared, re­writ­ten, in the 1853 Leeds Hymn Book as Des­cend to Thy Je­ru­sa­lem, O Lord, and in its cur­rent form in the 1868 Sar­um Hym­nal.

Music: Wood­lands Wal­ter Great­or­ex, 1916 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Toulon, Ge­ne­van Psal­ter, 1551 (🔊 pdf nwc)

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Great­or­ex (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Draw nigh to Thy Jerusalem, O Lord,
Thy faithful people cry with one accord;
Ride on in triumph; Lord, behold we lay
Our passions, lusts, and proud wills in Thy way!

Thy road is ready; and Thy paths made straight,
With longing expectation seem to wait
The consecration of Thy beauteous feet,
And silently Thy promised advent greet!

Hosanna! welcome to our hearts! for here
Thou hast a temple, too, as Zion dear;
O enter in, dear Lord, unbar the door;
And in that temple dwell forevermore.