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Comfort, Comfort Ye My People

Words by Johannes Olearius, 1671
Music from the Genevan Psalter, 1551

Forest at Dawn

"Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her that her warfare is ended,
that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has received from the Lord's hand
double for all her sins" (Isaiah 40:1–2).

1.   Comfort, comfort ye my people,
         Speak ye peace, thus saith our God;
      Comfort those who sit in darkness,
         Mourning 'neath their sorrow's load.
            Speak ye to Jerusalem,
            Of the peace that waits for them;
            Tell her that her sins I cover,
            And her warfare now is over.

2.   Yea, her sins our God will pardon,
         Blotting out each dark misdeed;
      All that well deserved His anger
         He no more will see or heed.
            She has suffered many a day,
            Now her griefs have passed away;
            God will change her pining sadness
            Into ever springing gladness.

3.   For the herald's voice is crying
         In the darkness far and near,
      Bidding all men to repentance,
         Since the kingdom now is here.
            O that warning cry obey!
            Now prepare for God a way;
            Let the valleys rise to meet Him,
            And the hills bow down to greet Him.

4.   Make ye straight what long was crooked,
         Make the rougher places plain;
      Let your hearts be true and humble,
         As befits His holy reign.
            For the glory of the Lord
            Now o'er earth is shed abroad;
            And all flesh shall see the token,
            That His word is never broken.

"Comfort, Comfort Ye My People"
Words by Johannes Olearius, 1671
Translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1863
Hymn Tune: THIRSTING (
Arranged from the tune GENEVAN 42
Music by Louis Bourgeois, 1551
From the Genevan Psalter (1551)

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