Wesley, Samuel Sebastian: The Wilderness

The Wilderness (1832)

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing.
Say to them of a fearful heart: Be strong, fear not, behold, your God, he will come and save you; even God, he will come and save you.
Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing. For in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And a highway shall be there; it shall be called the way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but the redeemed shall walk there.
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Words: taken from Isaiah 35
Music: Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810–76)