The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Desire of Nations, Lord of Grace

For the Advent

Words: In Noctis Umbra Desides, Charles Coffin (1676-1749), Paris Breviary, Winter, 1736, p. 141.
Translation by John Chandler, 1837.

Music: Not Stated

And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.
Haggai 2:7

Source: Hymns for the use of the Evangelical Lutherans (Philadelphia: The Ministerium of Pensylvania, 1865), Hymn #115, p. 86.

Meter LM

1. Desire of nations, Lord of grace,
Redeemer of a sinful race,
In pity hearken to the groan
Of those whom sin hath overthrown!

2. Come, Jesus, come! our sins forgive,
And let Thy ransomed people live!
O, if in Adam all must die,
In Thee we claim the victory!

To God the Son, who came from heaven
To save mankind, all praise be given:
And God the Father we adore,
And Holy Ghost, for evermore.

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