Music For Advent
Comfort, comfort ye my people,
speak ye peace, thus saith our God;
comfort those who sit in darkness,
mourning ‘neath their sorrow’s load;
speak ye to Jerusalem
of the peace that waits for them;
tell her that her sins I cover,
and her warfare now is over.
For the herald’s voice is crying
in the desert far and near,
bidding all men to 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.
Make ye 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 o’er the earth is shed abroad,
and all flesh shall see the token
that his word is never broken.
The audio version of this hymn is by JG HYMNS (Jon Green). He leaves off the last verse. Normally I don’t like when people leave off or out verses of hymns. It can mess with the balance of the hymn. Consider ending A Mighty Fortress after the first verse:
A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
doth seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.
Great! On Earth, Satan is all powerful. I don’t think that’s the message of the hymn.
That being said, the meaning of Comfort, Comfort Ye My People does not change if the final verse is left off; but what if you contemporize the lyric? It’s probably just unnecessary and lacking in poetry.