The Advent of Our King

Representative Text

1 The advent of our King
Our thoughts must now employ;
Then let us meet him on the road
With songs of holy joy.

2 The co-eternal Son
A maiden's offspring see;
A servant's form Christ putteth on,
To set his people free.

3 Daughter of Sion rise
To greet thine infant King;
Nor let thy stubborn heart despise
The pardon he doth bring.

4 In glory from his throne
Again will Christ descend,
And summon all who are his own
To joys that never end.

5 Let deeds of darkness fly
Before the approaching morn,
For unto sin 'tis ours to die
And serve the Virgin-born.

6 Our joyful praises sing
To Christ, who set us free;
Like tribute to the Father bring,
And Holy Ghost, to thee.

Source: Journeysongs (3rd ed.) #287

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: Robert Campbell

Robert Campbell was an advocate residing in Edinburgh. He is not much known as an author, but some of his hymns have been adopted in several hymnals. He was Roman Catholic. His death occurred in 1868. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The advent of our King Our thoughts must now employ
Title: The Advent of Our King
Author: Charles Coffin
Translator: Robert Campbell
Meter: 6.6.8.6
Source: Paris Breviary, 1736
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Tune

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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Breaking Bread (Vol. 39) #57

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Journeysongs (2nd ed.) #322

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Journeysongs (3rd ed.) #287

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