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Monday, December 1, 2014

Soon the Lord Will Come - A Song for Advent

I've written a new song for the Advent season.  The melody is a traditional tune - "Which Side Are You On?" (a worker's protest song by Florence Reece - which in turn, seems to be based on a traditional hymn, "Lay the Lily Low".)

The lyrics are based upon some of the lectionary readings for the Advent season this year:  Isaiah 64: 1 - 9, Isaiah 40: 1 - 11, Isaiah 61: 1 - 11, Luke 1: 32 - 33

Oh, that you’d rend the heavens
and make the mountains quake;
give proof to all the nations
that your wrath is slaked

Soon the Lord will come.
Soon the Lord will come.

Speak comfort to my people;
the penalty is paid,
a voice cries in the wild’ness,
“a path for God is made.”

The Spirit is upon me
to bring good news to you,
to bind up broken-hearted;
your captiv’ty is through.

He will be great and mighty,
the Son of the Most High;
he’ll sit on David’s throne and
his Kingdom never dies.

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