Hear John the Baptist Cry (Hymn for Advent, John the Baptist, or Baptism of Jesus) NOW THE SPRING IS COME

Behold the Lamb of God

This tune seems to have come from England about the time of Elizabeth I, with the lyric "Now the Spring Has Come." During the time of Cromwell, it was used with the interesting lyric "Christmas is My Name," which included verse after verse of rants against the Prostestants’ ban of Christmas. My favorite line is "Go to the Puritan, he is so hot…he will burn the roast." Seeing as these lyrics are not often sung these days, I decided to use the lovely tune for a new purpose. It is useful to churches for congregational singing during Advent and any time the scriptures about John the Baptist are the topic, including the baptism of Jesus.

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