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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.
Source: Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #XVI