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From the river to the desert

From the river to the desert. Sylvia Dunstan* (1955-1993). For the liberal Protestant church the adoption of the Revised Common Lectionary has meant a recovery of the church year and a need for hymns to mark particular events in the life of Christ. ‘The Temptation’, as Sylvia Dunstan called this hymn, was written for the first Sunday of Lent, 1989: ‘I prepared this hymn on the temptation story. It is essentially a conversation between Jesus and Satan, bracketed by narration in the first stanza and invocation in the last. The seductive words of the Adversary rhyme, but the reply by Jesus does not in order to show how at odds Jesus was with Satan’s proposals.’ The hymn was first published...

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