Ready the Way of the Lord



This Advent hymn was written by American Roman Catholic composer and teacher, Robert (Bob) Hurd (b 1950).

It is based on selected verses from Isaiah 35 and 40.

The tune has a 3/4 time ligature, and is in a major key (unusually for an Advent hymn). The first few notes in the key of C are E E E E D C C C.





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Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website.

The song has five four-line verses, and a chorus which is usually sung after each 2nd verse (ie after verse 2 and 4). A rough outline is:
1. "Ready the way of the Lord, ..."

2. Let every valley be filled ...

Chorus:
Here is your God,
coming with your vindication.
Look and behold the saving power of God.

3. Desert and waste land will bloom ...

4. Those who are blind will then see ...

5. Strengthen the ones who are weak ...


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1. Ready the way of the Lord!
Ready the way of the Lord!
A voice cries out in the wilderness
Ready the way of the Lord!
Let every valley be filled.
Let every valley be filled.
Let every mountain be humbled
Let every valley be filled.


Chorus:
Here is your God, coming with your vindication.
Look and behold
the saving power of God.


2 Desert and wasteland will bloom.
Desert and wasteland will bloom.
Glory and splendor will fill the land.
Desert and wasteland will bloom.
Those who are blind will then see.
Those who are deaf will then hear.
Those who are lame will then leap for joy.
Those who are mute will then sing.
3 Strengthen the ones who are weak.
Strengthen the ones who are weak.
Say to the frightened: Have courage.
Strengthen the ones who are weak.

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