Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord (London: William Strahan, 1745), number 10.
Music: Hyfrydol, Rowland H. Prichard, 1830 (MIDI, score). Alternate tunes:
- Cross of Jesus, John Stainer, 1887 (MIDI, score)
- Halton Holgate, William Boyce, circa 1765 (MIDI, score)
- St. Hilary, anonymous (MIDI, score)
- Stuttgart, Christian F. Witt, 1715; adapted by Henry J. Gauntlett (1805-1876) (MIDI, score)
- Wilson, arranged from Felix Mendelssohn in The Methodist Hymnal (New York: The Methodist Book Concern, 1905), number 116 (MIDI, score)
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.
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.
Labels: advent, wesley