Awake and Hearken.

On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry

Announces that the Lord is nigh;

Awake and hearken,

For he brings Glad tidings of the King of kings!

Then cleansed be ev’ry life from sin;

Make straight the way for God within,

And let us all our hearts prepare

For Christ to come and enter there.

We hail Thee as our Savior,

Our refuge and our great reward;

Without Thy grace we waste away

Like flow’rs that wither and decay.

Lay on the sick Thy healing hand

And make the fallen strong to stand;

Show us the glory of Thy face

Till beauty springs in ev’ry place.

All praise, eternal Son,

To Thee Whose advent sets Thy people free,

Whom with the Father we adore

And Holy Spirit evermore.

On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry

Charles Coffin, 1676-1749; tr. composite

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