“Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”
By Charles Wesley, 1745
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.
Joy to those who long to see Thee,
Dayspring from on high appear.
Come, Thou promised Rod of Jesse,
Of Thy birth we long to hear!
O’er the hills the angels singing,
News, glad tidings of a birth:
“Go to Him, your praises bringing;
Christ the Lord has come to earth.”
Come, to earth to taste our sadness,
He whose glories knew no end;
By His life He brings us gladness,
Our Redeemer, Shepherd, Friend.
Leaving riches without number,
Born within a cattle stall;
This the everlasting wonder;
Christ was born the Lord of all.
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.