There's a Voice in the Wilderness Crying Craig Phillips

Composer Tune by H. Hugh Bancroft; arr. Craig Phillips
Text James Lewis Milligan, alt.
Voicing Two-part choir and keyboard
Topics John the Baptist
Lectionary usage Advent
Price $2.25 (U.S.)
Released 7/2001
Catalog no. 422-903
Difficulty Easy

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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.

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"There is not a doubt in the world about making Craig Phillips' 'There's a voice in the wilderness crying' come alive. The material itself is much more extroverted, and Dr. Phillips has even upped the ante with his deliciously delightful accompaniment. This is a great winner!" --AAM Journal, September 2002


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