Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
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 for ever,
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.
“Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” is another of the more than 6,500 hymns written by Charles Wesley. It was first published in 1744 in a small collection of 18 poems titled Hymns for the Nativity of 0ur Lord. The vibrant “Hyfrydol” tune was composed by a 20 year old Welshman, Rowland H. Prichard, in about 1830. The tune means “good cheer”. It has been used with many of our popular hymns.
To hear the tune http://www.oremus.org/hymnal/c/c307.html
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10
May we ‘walk in grace’ together.
Let us find ‘joy in the journey and good times in the going’.