A Song of the Wilderness (Advent)
1 The wilderness and the dry land shall rejoice, ♦
the desert shall blossom and burst into song.
2 They shall see the glory of the Lord, ♦
the majesty of our God.
3 Strengthen the weary hands, ♦
and make firm the feeble knees.
4 Say to the anxious, ‘Be strong, fear not,
your God is coming with judgement, ♦
coming with judgement to save you.’
5 Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, ♦
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
6 Then shall the lame leap like a hart, ♦
and the tongue of the dumb sing for joy.
7 For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, ♦
and streams in the desert;
8 The ransomed of the Lord shall return with singing, ♦
with everlasting joy upon their heads.
9 Joy and gladness shall be theirs, ♦
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.