XVI. Long did both Kings and Prophets wait

1 Long did both Kings and Prophets wait
To see the Lord of glory great
Appear, to answer that great end,
To prove the fallen sinners friend.

2 Of him the prophets long foretold,
The fathers wish'd him to behold;
Him all the nations did desire
And Angels wish'd him to admire.

3 Their prophecies are now fulfill'd,
The glorious mystr'y is reveal'd:
The child is born, the son is giv'n,
The prince of life is come from heav'n.

4 His name is Jesus Christ the Lord,
The great and everlasting word:
He came to execute the plan,
To save the fallen race of man.

5 He is the Lord from heaven come,
Our human nature to assume:
Our sins to bear, his blood to shed,
Yet, bruise and crush the serpents head.

6 He left his glorious throne above,
And comes with pity grace and love:
He comes to call the sons of men,
And turn them to their God again.

7 We praise thee, O thou king of peace!
Who art our life and righteousness;
Thou virgin son, thou David's star:
No creature can thy love declare.

8 All such are truly dead in sin,
Who feel themselves not mov'd within,
To join with christians here on eartht,
To shew and praise the Saviour's birth.

9 Let all who dwell with hosts on high!
Engage his praise to magnify;
With all the efforts they can raise,
Thus Join to sing the Saviour's praise.

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First Line: Long did both Kings and Prophets wait
Meter: L. M.
Publication Date: 1816
Scripture: ;
Topic: Christmas: For the Gospel
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