Words: Johannes Olearius, Tr. Catherine Winkworth
Music: Louis Bourgeois, Genevan Psalter
Comfort, comfort these my people,
Speak of peace, thus says our God.
Comfort these who sit in darkness
Groaning under sin's dread rod.
To my people I proclaim:
Pardon now in Jesus' name!
Tell them that their sins I cover,
That their warfare now is over.
Yes, our sins the Lord will pardon,
Blotting out each dark misdead.
All that well deserved His anger,
He no more will see nor heed
We who languished many a day
Under guilt, now washed away
We exchange our pining sadness
For His comfort, peace and gladness
Now the herald's voice is crying
In the desert far and near,
Calling us to true repentance
For the kingdom now is here.
O that warning cry obey!
O, prepare for God a way;
Let the valleys rise to meet Him
Let the hills bow down to greet Him.
Straight must be what long was crooked,
Make the roughest places plain;
Let your hearts be true and humble,
Ready for His holy reign.
Here the glory of the Lord
Stands so graciously revealed
And all people see the token
That God's word is never broken.
from Red River Hymnal,
released December 21, 2014
City School 4th-6th Grade Choirs, Amber Deem, Conductor