212. Comfort, Comfort, O My People

1 Comfort, comfort, O my people,
speak of peace, now says our God.
Comfort those who sit in shadows,
mourning ’neath their sorrows’ load.
Speak unto Jerusalem
of the peace that waits for them.
Tell of all the sins I cover,
and that warfare now is over.

2 Hark, the voice of one who’s crying
in the desert far and near,
bidding all to full repentance,
since the kingdom now is here.
Oh, that warning cry obey!
Now prepare for God a way!
Valleys, rise in exaltation;
hills, bow down in adoration.

3 O make straight what long was crooked,
make the rougher places plain.
Let your hearts be true and humble,
as befits a holy reign.
For the glory of our God
now o’er earth is shed abroad.
And all flesh shall see the token
that God’s word is never broken.

Text Information
First Line: Comfort, comfort O my people
Title: Comfort, Comfort, O My People
Author: Johannes Olearius
Translator: Catherine Winkworth
Publication Date: 2020
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Prophets; Repentance; Comfort (2 more...)
Source: based on Isaiah 40:1–5; “Tröstet, tröstet, meine Lieben,” Geistliche Singe-Kunst, 1671; trans. Catherine Winkworth (England), Chorale Book for England, 1863, alt.
Tune Information
Composer: Louis Bourgeois
Harmonizer: Claude Goudimel
Key: F Major
Source: Genevan Psalter, Octante Trois Pseaumes de David, 1551; harm. adapt. from Claude Goudimel (present-day France), 150 Pseaumes de David, 1564
Notes: Chord symbols represent a simplified harmony.

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