82. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

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1 Come, thou long-expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us;
let us find our rest in thee.

Israel’s strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.

2 Born thy people to deliver,
born a child and yet a king,
born to reign in us forever,
now thy gracious kingdom bring.

By thine own eternal Spirit
rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all-sufficient merit
raise us to thy glorious throne.

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First Line: Come, thou long-expected Jesus
Title: Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
Author: Charles Wesley (1744)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 8.7.8.7.D
Scripture: Isaiah 9:6-7; Psalm 34:17-19; Isaiah 52:7; Isaiah 61:1-2; Daniel 7:13-14; Haggai 2:7; Malachi 3:1-4; Matthew 1:21-23; Matthew 2:2; Luke 1:32-35; Luke 2:1-7; Luke 2:32; Luke 4:18
Topic: Christ's Return; Jesus Christ: Advent
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: HYFRYDOL
Composer: Rowland Hugh Prichard (1830)
Harmonizer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)
Meter: 8.7.8.7.D
Key: F Major or modal
Notes: (alternate tune: STUTTGART, 83)


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With its opening “Come,” this hymn sounds the note of entreaty and invitation that characterizes the Advent season (from the Latin adventus = “coming”). Its blending of memory and hope helps us to give voice to our present faith as we stand between the past and the future.


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