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.
|First Line:||Come, thou long-expected Jesus|
|Title:||Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus|
|Author:||Charles Wesley (1744)|
|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|
|Composer:||Rowland H. Prichard (1830)|
|Harmonizer:||Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)|
|Key:||F Major or modal|
|Notes:||(alternate tune: STUTTGART, 83)|
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.
|Audio recording:||Audio (MP3)|