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The advent of our God With eager prayers we greet

Full Text

1 The advent of our God
With eager prayers we greet,
And singing haste upon the road
His glorious gift to meet.

2 The everlasting Son
Scorns not the Virgin's womb;
That we from bondage may be won
He bears a bondsman's doom.

3 Daughter of Sion, rise
To meet thy lowly King;
Let not thy stubborn heart despise
The peace he comes to bring.

4 On clouds of dazzling light,
As judge he comes again,
His scattered people to unite,
With him in heaven to reign.

5 Let evil flee away,
Ere that great hour shall dawn,
Let this old Adam day by day
The new Man all put on.

6 Praise to the incarnate Son,
Who comes to set us free,
With Father, and with Spirit One,
To all eternity. Amen.

Source: The New English Hymnal #14

Author: Charles Coffin

Coffin, Charles, born at Buzaney (Ardennes) in 1676, died 1749, was principal of the college at Beauvais, 1712 (succeeding the historian Rollin), and rector of the University of Paris, 1718. He published in 1727 some, of his Latin poems, for which he was already noted, and in 1736 the bulk of his hymns appeared in the Paris Breviary of that year. In the same year he published them as Hymni Sacri Auctore Carolo Coffin, and in 1755 a complete ed. of his Works was issued in 2 vols. To his Hymni Sacri is prefixed an interesting preface. The whole plan of his hymns, and of the Paris Breviary which he so largely influenced, comes out in his words. "In his porro scribendis Hymnis non tam poetico indulgendunv spiritui, quam nitoro et pietate co… Go to person page >

Translator: H. Putnam

Putman, Henry, was born at Emsworth, Hants, July 18, 1861, and is engaged in commercial pursuits. He is a Wesleyan lay-preacher and an earnest hymnological student. Many of his hymns were first printed in Champness's Joyful News. In 1889 he published several in his booklet, Perfect Peace. These with additions were included in his Star and Vesper Bells, 1894. One of these, "We came at early morn to sing," p. 1594, ii., is annotated there in error. It was written in 1885, and printed in Joyful News, Feb. 25, 1886. In 1887 it was included in the Primitive Methodist Hymnal, and in 1896 in Hymns of Light and Life (London: A. Crombie). In this same collection the following are also included: "Blest Saviour, take my hand in Thine," Sunday School C… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The advent of our God With eager prayers we greet
Latin Title: Instantis adventum Dei
Author: Charles Coffin
Translator: H. Putnam (alt.)
Language: English
Notes: Alternate tune FRANCONIA, 341


ST. THOMAS (Williams)

ST. THOMAS is actually lines 5 through 8 of the sixteen-line tune HOLBORN, composed by Aaron Williams (b. London, England, 1731; d. London, 1776) and published in his Collection (1763, 1765) as a setting for Charles Wesley's text "Soldiers of Christ, Arise" (570). The harmonization is by Lowell Maso…

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