An Advent hymn

by Richard on November 28, 2004

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.

Charles Wesley

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Jan 11.28.04 at 10:16 am

Just hit PUBLISH on my blog and came here for a visit. Great minds think alike, LOL. I also posted these words for the first Sunday in Advent.
Shalom,
Jan

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Sarah 11.28.04 at 2:40 pm

This morning it came to me, not for the first time, just how good with words Charles Wesley was. Some fantastic hymns that manage to sum up a whole range of emotions in a line or two!

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Mumcat 11.29.04 at 4:04 am

We use that one as the sequence hymn — 2 verses before and 2 verses after the Gospel. We’ll do that for the next 3 Sundays. It’s a good hymn.

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Olive Morgan 11.29.04 at 10:10 am

I very nearly posted this Wesley hymn on Advent Sunday but at the last minute substituted an advent prayer, my thinking being that its language might just possibly appeal to the young visitors on my blog - only there weren’t many visitors!

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Anonymous 03.31.05 at 11:31 pm

nice site indeed

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