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 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.

#178 in Hymnal: A Worship Book

Words:  Charles Wesley, Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord, 1744
   Tune:  Rowland H. Prichard, ca. 1830, Cyfaill y Cantorion, 1844;
                    arr. by Ralph Vaughan Williams, (The English Hymnal, 1906),

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