Come Thou (O) Long Expected Jesus

This Advent hymn by Charles Wesley (1707 - 1788) has both traditional (thou / thy / thine) and modernised lyrics in common use.    PowerPoint slides and lyrics for both options are given below.

It has been set to a number of tunes including
  • STUTTGARD (Henry Gauntlett 1805 - 1876)
  • HYFRYDOL (Row­land Pri­chard 1830)
  • CROSS OF JESUS (John Stain­er 1887)
  • HALTON HOLGATE  (Wil­liam Boyce, cir­ca 1765)


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Lyrics

Modern version

Come, O long-expected Jesus,
Born to set your people free;
From our fears and sins release us
By your death on Calvary.

Israel's strength and consolation,
Hope to all the earth impart,
Dear desire of ev'ry nation,
Joy of ev'ry longing heart.

Born your people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a king;
Born to reign in us forever,
Now your gracious kingdom bring.

By your own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By your all-sufficient merit
Raise us to your glorious throne.


Traditional version

Come, thou long-expected Jesus,
Born to set thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us
Let us find out rest in thee.

Israel's strength and consolation,
Hope to all the earth thou art,
Dear desire of ev'ry nation,
Joy of ev'ry 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 thy all-sufficient merit
Raise us to thy glorious throne.

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