2. Then cleansed by every Christian breast
And furnished for so great a Guest.
Yea, let us each our hearts prepare
For Christ to come and enter there.
3. For Thou art our Salvation, Lord,
Our Refuge, and our great Reward.
Without Thy grace our souls must fade
And wither like a flower decayed.
4. 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 every place.
5. All praise, eternal Son, to Thee
Who advent sets Thy people free,
Whom, with the Father, we adore
And Holy Ghost forevermore.
The Lutheran Hymnal
Text: Is. 40:3, Matt. 3:3
Author: Charles Coffin, 1676-1749
Translated by: John Chandler, 1837 (Stanzas 1-3)
Titled: "Jordanis oras praevia"
Tune: "Puer nobis nascitur"
1st Published in: _Musae Sioniae_, VI, 1609