O Comfort my People

This is a hymn for Advent, which is very closely based on Isaiah 40.   

The words were written by American Roman Catholic-convert and Trappist monk, organist, liturgist and historian Chrysogonus Waddell (1930–2008).

With meter, it is usually set to a traditional Irish tune that is sometimes called COMFORT  or BI ÍOSA IM CHROÍSE


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Choral arrangement, unaccompanied:

Cathedral choir with organ

Singer with band, professional recording:

Instrumental - classical guitar:


O comfort my people and calm all their fear,
And tell them the time of salvation draws near.
O tell them I come to remove all their shame.
Then they will, forever, give praise to my name.

Proclaim to the cities of Judah my word;
That “gentle yet strong is the hand of the Lord”.
I rescue the captives, my people defend,
And bring them to justice and joy without end.

All mountains and hills shall become as a plain,
For vanished are mourning and hunger and pain.
And never again shall these war against you.
Behold I come quickly to make all things new.

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