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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Valentin Thilo
(1607–1662)

Words: Va­len­tin Thi­lo, in Preuss­iche Fest-Lied­er, 1642 (Mit Ernst, O Mensch­en­kin­der); Eng­lish trans­la­tion based on Ar­thur T. Rus­sell, 1851.

Music: Aus Mein­es Herz­ens Grunde Neu Ca­te­chis­mus-Ge­sang­büch­lein (Ham­burg, Ger­ma­ny: 1598) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Lyrics

Ye sons of men, oh, hearken:
Your heart and mind prepare;
To hail th’almighty Savior,
Oh sinners, be your care.
He who of grace alone
Our life and light was given,
The promised Lord from Heaven,
Unto our world is shown.

Prepare the way before Him;
Prepare for Him the best.
Cast out whate’er offendeth
This great, this heav’nly guest.
Make straight, make plain, the way:
The lowly valleys raising,
The heights of pride abasing,
His path all even lay.

The humble heart and lowly
God lifteth up on high;
Beneath His feet in anguish
The haughty soul shall lie.
The heart, sincere and right,
That heeds God’s invitation
And makes true preparation,
It is the Lord’s delight.

Prepare my heart, Lord Jesus,
Turn not from me aside,
And grant that I receive Thee
This blessèd Adventide.
From stall and manger low
Come Thou to dwell within me;
Loud praises will I sing Thee
And forth Thy glory show.