A charming arrangement of Hugh Bancroft's tune (from The Hymnal 1982) for James Milligan's great paraphrase of Isaiah 40. The keyboard part, with its open fifths and merry countermelody, is delightfully pastoral in nature. Suitable and singable for Advent, missions, or general use.
There's a voice in the wilderness crying,
a call from the ways untrod:
prepare in the desert a highway,
a highway for our God!
the valleys shall be exalted,
the lofty hills brought low;
make straight all the crooked places
where the Lord our God may go!
O Zion, that bringest good tidings,
get thee up to the heights and sing!
Proclaim to a desolate people
the coming of their King.
Like the flowers of the field they perish,
like grass our works decay,
the power and pomp of nations
shall pass like a dream away;
but the word of our God endureth,
the arm of the Lord is strong;
he stands in the midst of nations,
and he will right the wrong.
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd,
the lambs he'll gently hold;
to pastures of peace he'll lead them,
and bring them safe to his fold.
--James Lewis Milligan, alt.