Two verses in most hymnals, but four in others, sometimes sung with a descant. A Lovely song of advent, reminding us of our wait for our Saviour.
Written by Charles Wesley. Other hymns that I have featured by Wesley are as follows:
- Ye Servants of God.
- Rejoice the Lord is King.
- Jesus Lover of my Soul.
- Love Divine all Love’s Excelling.
Charles Wesley ministered in the 1700’s. He wrote more than 150 hymns. He started out his ministerial life within the Church of England, but later took to preaching in open fields. Upon his death he asked to be buried in a graveyard for Church of England members and it was allowed.
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.
Below I put a video with a different tune, but I like it so thought you might too! Sorry if I’m wrong. 🙂