Scripture Verse

The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight. Matthew 3:3

Introduction

Words: Will­iam H. Drum­mond, Who Are the Hap­py? 1818.

Music: Gor­don Ado­ni­ram J. Gor­don, 1876 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

portrait
Adoniram J. Gordon
(1836–1895)

Lyrics

A voice from the desert comes awful and shrill:
The Lord is advancing—prepare ye the way;
The word of Jehovah He comes to fulfill,
And o’er the dark world pour the splendor of day.

Bring down the proud mountain, though towering to Heaven,
And be the low valley exalted on high!
The rough path and crooked be made smooth and even,
For, Sion, your king, your Redeemer, is nigh.

The beams of salvation His progress illume,
The lone, dreary wilderness sings of her God;
The rose and the myrtle will suddenly bloom,
The olive of peace spread its branches abroad.