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