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.
Song: ‘Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus’
Words by Charles Wesley
Music by Rowland H. Pritchard
Merry Christmas, Hugs!ReplyDelete
The song has been sung in one of our Christmas cantatas at church. What wonderful words to reflect upon!ReplyDelete
Thanks for posting Charles Wesley's great Christmas hymn--appropriate, since today is the 303rd anniversary of his birth.ReplyDelete
If you enjoy reading about our hymns and their authors, I invite you to check out my daily blog on the subject, Wordwise Hymns. And if you are interested in the stories behind our Christmas carols, I discuss 63 of them in my book, Discovering the Songs of Christmas.
Everything on your blog is so beautiful this Christmas season! I've enjoyed my visit here so very much. It's so inviting and friendly and cheerful. I wish I could stop by with my tea basket to spend some time chatting 'for real'. Maybe someday --- it's on my list of awesome things!ReplyDelete
Merry Christmas to you and yours!