I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord.@John 1:23
Henry Alford (1810–1871)
© National Portrait Gallery

Henry Alford, The Year of Praise 1867.

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

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.