Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus – Christian Christmas Hymn with Lyrics
“Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” is a 1744 Advent and Christmas carol common in Protestant hymnals. The text was written by Charles Wesley. It is performed to one of several tunes, including “Stuttgart” (attr. to Christian Friedrich Witt) and “Hyfrydol” (by Rowland Prichard). It is hymn number 66 in the Episcopal Church hymnal (set to “Stuttgart”); hymn number 196 in the United Methodist Hymnal (to “Hyfrydol”); hymns 1 (to “Stuttgart”) and 2 (to “Hyfrydol”) in the 1990 Presbyterian Hymnal;and hymn 254 in Evangelical Lutheran Worship, among others. The hymn is considered an enduring classic in Christian hymnology.
1. 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.
2. 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.