1 Come, thou long-expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us;
let us find our rest in thee.
2 Israel’s strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.
3 Born thy people to deliver,
born a child and yet a king,
born to reign in us forever,
now thy gracious kingdom bring.
4 By thine own eternal Spirit
rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all-sufficient merit
raise us to thy glorious throne.
|First Line:||Come, thou long-expected Jesus|
|Title:||Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus|
|Author:||Charles Wesley (1744)|
|Topic:||Christ's Return; Jesus Christ: Advnet|
|Source:||Witt's Psalmodia Sacra, 1715, alt.|
|Notes:||(alternate tune: HYFRYDOL, 82)|
With its opening “Come,” this hymn sounds the note of entreaty and invitation that characterizes the Advent season (from the Latin adventus = “coming”). Its blending of memory and hope helps us to give voice to our present faith as we stand between the past and the future.
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