Lo, in the wilderness a voice (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2021-04-04)  CPDL #63909:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-04-04).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 46 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words to the alternative tune Luther's Hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
  • (Posted 2021-04-04)  CPDL #63908:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-04-04).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 89 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn to the alternative tune Luther's Hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.

General Information

Title: Lo, in the wilderness a voice
Composer: Anonymous
Tune: Luther's Hymn
Lyricist: Percy Dearmer
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 87. 87. 887

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 384
Description: Later form of melody in Geistliche Lieder (1533 or earlier)

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Original text and translations

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Lo, in the wilderness a voice
‘Make straight the way’ is crying:
when men are turning from the light,
and hope and love seem dying,
the prophet comes to make us clean:
‘There standeth one you have not seen,
whose voice you are denying’.

God, give us grace to hearken now
to those who come to warn us;
give sight and strength, that we may kill
the vices that have torn us;
lest love professed should disappear
in creeds of hate, contempt, and fear,
that crush and overturn us.

When from the vineyard cruel men
cast out the heavenly powers,
and Christendom denies its Lord,
the world in ruin cowers.
Now come, O God, in thy great might!
unchanged, unchanging is thy right,
unswayed thy justice towers.