Scripture Verse

I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord. John 1:23

Introduction

portrait
Henry Alford
(1810–1871)
© National Portrait Gallery

Words: Hen­ry Al­ford, The Year of Praise 1867.

Music: St. Ni­co­las (Hoyte) Will­iam S. Hoyte, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1875 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Lyrics

Herald, in the wilderness,
Breaking up the road,
Sinking mountains, raising plains,
For the path of God;

Prophet, to the multitudes
Calling to repent,
In the way of righteousness
Unto Israel sent;

Messenger, God’s chosen one
Foremost to proclaim,
Proffered titles passing by,
Pointing to the Lamb.

Captive, for the word of truth
Boldly witnessing;
Then in Herod’s dungeon cave,
Faint and languishing;

Martyr, sacrificed to sin
At that feast of shame;
As his life foreshowed the Lord,
In his death the same—

Holy Jesus, when He heard,
Went apart to pray:
Thus may we our lesson take
From his saint today.