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Come, You People of the Promise

Representative Text

1. Come, you people of the promise,
Sing for joy! The time is near!
God, the covenant fulfilling,
Soon among us will appear!
As proclaimed in prophet’s story,
Christ will come in humble glory—
God with us, Emmanuel!

2. Long in darkness we have waited,
Through the shadows made our way,
Gloom and sorrow our companions
As we longed for signs of day—
Great our need for hope and healing,
Some great light our God revealing,
God with us, Emmanuel!

3. God’s own Son shall dwell among us;
Shadows vanish in that light.
Earth shall know his peace and justice:
Christ who comes shall rule in might.
Let our joy dispel all sadness:
He who comes turns tears to gladness—
God with us, Emmanuel!

The words to this hymn are under copyright.If you wish to print, copy, cut/paste or duplicate them, you must obtain permission from Hope Publishing Company (800-323-1049).

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Author: Joy F. Patterson

Joy F. Patterson (b. 1931), of Wassau, Wisconsin, is an elder in the Presbyterian Church who has written many texts and tunes; twenty-nine are collected in Come, You People of the Promise (Hope Publishing, Co., 1994); another collection, Teach Our Eyes New Ways of Seeing, was published in 2005 (Selah). Patterson has enjoyed a varied career as a French professor, homemaker, and claim representative for the Social Security Administration. Sing! A New Creation Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Come, you people of the promise
Title: Come, You People of the Promise
Author: Joy F. Patterson (1994)
Language: English
Copyright: © 1994 Hope Publishing Company, 380 South Main Place, Carol Stream, IL 60188 (800-323-1049). Used by permission.

Tune

W ZLOBIE LEZY

The Polish tune is a rounded bar form (AABA). Its lines consist of short figures and phrases bound together by the consistent rhythmic pattern of the Polish mazurka (made famous by Frederic Chopin). Note especially the third line with its fine sequences and harmonic suspensions. Sing in parts with a…

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Media

The Cyber Hymnal #958
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Instances

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The Covenant Hymnal #130

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The Cyber Hymnal #958

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