10. Long ago, prophets knew

1 LONG ago, prophets knew
Christ would come, born a Jew.
Come to make all things new;
Bear his People's burden,
Freely love and pardon.

Ring, bells, ring, ring, ring!
Sing, choirs, sing, sing, sing!
When he comes,
When he comes,
Who will make him welcome?

2 God in time, God in man,
This is God's timeless plan:
He will come, as a man,
Born himself of woman,
God divinely human. [Refrain]

3 Mary, hail! Though afraid,
She believed, she obeyed.
In her womb God is laid;
Till the time expected
Nurtured and protected. [Refrain]

4 Journey ends! Where afar
Bethlem shines, like a star,
Stable door stands ajar.
Unborn Son of Mary,
Saviour, do not tarry!

Ring, bells, ring, ring, ring!
sing, choirs, sing, sing, sing!
Jesus comes!
Jesus comes!
We will make him welcome!

Text Information
First Line: Long ago, prophets knew
Author: F. Pratt, Green, 1903-2000
Refrain First Line: Ring bells, ring, ring, ring!
Meter: 666 66 and refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 1986
Topic: The Christian Year: Advent
Copyright: Permission granted by Stainer & Bell Ltd.
Tune Information
Meter: 666 66 and refrain
Key: b minor
Source: Piae Cantiones, 1582
Copyright: Arr. By permission of Oxford Univeristy Press (from "English Praise")

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