Comfort, comfort, O my people

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Comfort, comfort, O my people, 
speak of peace, now says our God. 
Comfort those who sit in darkness, 
mourning beneath 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. 

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. 
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. 

O make 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 over earth is shed abroad. 
And all flesh shall see the token 
that his word is never broken.

#176 in Hymnal: A Worship Book

Words:  based on Isaiah 40, Johannes Olearius,
                    Tröstet, tröstet, meine Lieben, Geistliche Singe-kunst, 1671;
                            tr. Catherine Winkworth, Chorale Book for England, 1863, alt.
   Tune:  Louis Bourgeois, Genevan Psalter, 1551;
                        harmonization adapted from Claude Goudimel, Les Pseaumes..., 16565

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