Thursday in the third week of Advent: Come, thou long expected Jesus

An Advent classic.

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.

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns for the Na­tiv­i­ty of Our Lord, 1745.

Here’s a lovely setting, to a tune a much prefer to the rather unimaginative Stuttgart of the Episcopal hymnal.

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  1. Stuttgart makes the baby Jesus cry…when he gets here.